The Genie Bottle Burning Man 2019

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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 & Mikell Haynes 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. She's self funded  5 large scale deep playa projects.


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Project Summary
The project is an elaborate giant wooden bottle with a captive Genie perched inside on a tree.  Genie is embedded in our 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.

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 is made of three women casts 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 man. Casts are made from real people; there is a poignant realism about this. Burners bond to the casts on a human scale.  Circling the bottle is 6 lanterns.  At night colored lights light up Genie and emanate from the windows creating shadow work on the ground. BOTTLED UP GENIE is an iconic phenomenon about flagrant wish making

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 are connected with everyone else's. Some people will connect with the piece by getting very close to the figures for photos because the effigies are hauntingly, poignantly real. 

 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.

Past playa work:

2018 The Garden of Relationships  https://gardenofrelationships.tumblr.com/

2017  The Bridge and the Cage    https://thebrigeandthecage.tumblr.com/

2016  La Musa de Davinci    https://musesofdavinci.tumblr.com/

2015  Soulrefuge    https://soulrefugeburningman.tumblr.com/

2014  Womantree:  https://womantreeburningman.tumblr.com/
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cut away view of the bottles showing the king pole with seated figure. no ribs are shown in this view.
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There are six lamp post located located 8 to 10 ft from the structure on the sides they do not have an entrance those are lit with 12 volt 50 watt bulbs. Wire leading to these lamps will need to be trenched.
There are two single Source ground lights pointed at the reliefs on either side of the bottle. These may be a single lamp or two lamps in parallel pointed at each relief.
The reliefs above each entrance we'll have a dual Source light pointing toward each respective relief. These may also be single lights or two parallel lights.
The three figures the compose the crown the bottle will each be lit with a single Source light each. Again these can be one light or two parallel lights each figure.
In the center pointing straight up is multi colored light also 12 volt
This light function will be to add slight glow behind the figures on the crown and also to illuminate the dust at night. The colors on these lights can be programmed to change at certain intervals.
Another multi colored light located below the platform on the inside will illuminate the figure of the genie from above. This will be the figures only direct light source.
There are eight additional diffused white pointed at the individual panels. This will visibly illuminate the the piece as viewed from the Playa.
10 off grid battery operated spotlights and 8 off grid battery operated area lights will be utilized if needed
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