The Genie Bottle Burning Man 2019

Help us get the Bottled Up Genie to Burning Man 2019!

The Bottled Up Genie is an elaborate giant wooden bottle with a captive Genie perched inside on a tree where the participants are encouraged to discover the Genie embedded in our collective consciousness as a creative, intelligent, mythological, guardian spirit. His magical role is to make dreams come true, thereby allowing something to happen that can't be stopped. Interacting with elements participants discover the The Bottle transports them into a mystical world on the Playa captivating and enticing to all and discover more secrets within. At the base of the genie's feet is a giant Book of Wishes. Participants may use this to write out their dreams. This is a place to come to acknowledge wishes which are active affirmations of how we imagine our best selves into being. Genie allows us to have no restrictions on our requests. Your dreams are not just your own, your dreams connect with everyone else's. Some people will interact by getting very close to the figures for photos because the effigies are hauntingly, poignantly real.

Created by Artist and Sculptor (Valerie) Elizabeth Mallory and Illustrator and Concept Designer Mikell Haynes. They reside in Oakland California and are driven by strong interest in art and strive to create unique diverse experiences. In Elizabeth's words: I make my art because I love expression and I love the nuances of communication. I work very hard to convey as much expressive feeling in a way that is uncluttered and pure. I am inspired by people in my own life, and patients I have worked with in hospital settings. The art signifies the elemental way that people integrate with the world. My hope is that participants will connect. with Genie, the casts, and the Book of Wishes to affirm their best selves into being. Additionally there will be a crew of six to eight people.

Physical Description
The piece is a 20 ft genie bottle painted a bright blue patina upon the open desert. On the surface of the bottle are human casts as architectural reliefs. The cap of the bottle consist of three women holding a round lamp. Entering the bottle there's a petrified tree shape with a single genie perched upon the branches with a Book of Wishes at his feet. Daylight will drift through top windows painted with gold trim. At night the bottle will have colored lights reflecting off of the genie perched in a tree. A smoke machine creates steam at night. Genie is a human animal, sentient,immortal, ephemeral and spirit-like. Genie is a full cast from a real person. All casts are from real people (each one cost around a $1000), there is a poignant realism about this. People bond to the cast figures on a human scale. Circling the bottle is 6 lanterns. At night  lights illuminate Genie and emanate from the windows creating shadow work on the ground. BOTTLED UP GENIE is an iconic phenomenon about flagrant wish making.

Besides casting material, we have lumber, lights, transportation and  a small upgrade to the power system (the lights are solar powered) to cover. The project is self funded apart from donations and we value your help to make the project a reality.

Project Website

Our past projects

2018 The Garden of Relationships

2017 The Bridge and the Cage

2016 La Musa de Davinci

2015 Soul Refuge

2014 Womantree:

Update we have cut the basic frame for the Bottle
The Bottle will goes to Boulder Creek for initial assembly. Work on sound and lights (including custom made lamps), the covering (skin) for the outside of the bottle and smaller second bottle are under way at NIMBY in Oakland. Transportation to the Black Rock Desert is being arranged.

Principle Artist  Bio

Valerie was born in Colorado,received a BFA, w/ a minor in English Lit, & returned for an RN. As a nurse, she sees pain, desperation & the profound value of relationships.  She and Mikell first went to BM in 1998 which sparked interest in large sculpture w/ polyurethane resins. She volunteered for BM in 2003 by helping the artists install work on deep Playa. In 2004 she did sculptural work in Center Camp Café. Womantree in 2014 was her first Playa project. This is their sixth self funded  large scale on playa project.

Artist Website

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  • valerie mallory 
    • $10 
    • 4 mos
  • John Marx 
    • $200 
    • 5 mos
  • Betty Meldahl  
    • $25 
    • 5 mos
  • Dana & Pete Blake 
    • $225 
    • 6 mos
  • John Marx 
    • $100 
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Mikell Haynes 
Oakland, CA
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