Burning Man

The latest local Burning Man project: A throwback bomb?

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The Nuclear Dream community art project aims to build and bring a throwback bomb to Black Rock Desert during Burning Man in August.
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The latest Las Vegas-based Burning Man project wants to stir onlookers with the past, present and future nuclear realities of Southern Nevada. But it also sees an opportunity for celebration and owning one’s history.

The Nuclear Dream community art project aims to build and bring a throwback bomb to Black Rock Desert during the seven-day Burning Man festival in late August. The curious will enter the pyro-enabled, LED-stripped, 30-foot missile and watch detonation and duck-and-cover videos and gawk at Atomic Age-era visuals. To avoid total buzzkill, organizers will stage parties and performances outside the sculpture.

According to the project’s IT guru, William Estrada, Nuclear Dream skews “more on the side of irreverent. We have a lot of silly and fun ideas to engage people around the structure, and none of them so far are serious.” However, the project’s Facebook page links to and comments on recent articles about Yucca Mountain’s lingering potential as a nuclear waste repository.

A more immediate concern for the project’s team: How to obtain the $37,000 needed to execute this project. It’s currently raising the money through various means, including a $10,000 crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that expires March 7.

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