After arriving the previous evening, it was time to start construction on Mirror Blaze!
Looking around our campsite, you can see all the empty space, soon to be filled by campers, art, and activities. Note that we were camped on the ‘Esplanade’ this year, the main ring road. This is the layout of our camp, which may help in understanding the next couple of pics:
All the space you see in this picture will be filled, even moreso than the rest of the festival:
You can also see the beginnings of (I think) the metal and cloth ‘Kaos Maze’ being put together by our neighbours:
Here in the foreground, you can see part of the space which will become Mirror Blaze, in the background, you can see an example of the ‘anti-logo’ art prevalent here. (One of the ten principles is ‘de-commodification’, implemented here by covering or otherwise altering all visible logos on-site.):
As we were still waiting for other members of the Charnival to assemble so we could finalize the overall layout, we decided to assemble the lifeguard chair from the parts that Rob had kindly built for us. To do so, we consulted the picture that I had taken during construction and testing:
However, during construction, we noticed that even though we had assembled all of the pieces in order (including our intrepid heroine!), we had somehow developed a severe case of sideways:
We gathered some of our best experts to try to debug the slight case of sideways:
While pondering this problem, we were looking around the Charnival grounds, and saw the Man in the distance:
Thinking that visiting and communing might help us solve the problem, we decided to venture forth:
What happened next? Tune in tomorrow!
Would you believe it wasn’t until after the event, when I was looking at this picture that I finally put together ‘The Hive’ and ‘Full of Bees’?
Sadly, we never fully investigated it, being too busy doing setup and running our installation.
It sits outside Mirror Blaze so we can sit up top and see inside to make sure everyone is okay.