Wednesday 8 April 2020
The Stage, At The HOTD Stage, As A Form Of Music, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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Art hung on the inside wall of the steel warehouse that housed the HOTD stage. A schedule of performances was posted on the entry into the metal building that housed the HOTD (Hair Of The Dog) stage. A sticker, near the bottom of the schedule, read, "HOTD A Fucking Good Time Never Hurt Nobody." A sign that read, "NOTICE Not responsible for lost or stolen boyfriends," was posted on a wall just above a silver mannequin seated in a chair. A sign hung from the ceiling showed a picture of a car. The two words surrounding the car were, "HOTD Stage." The This Stellar Madness band was first to play on the HOTD Stage.

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Tuesday 7 April 2020
Opulent Temple & Duck Pond Stage, As A Form Of Music, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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A DJ named Ariel Ocean created dance music inside the Opulent Temple booth that resembled a bowling pin with windows. No dancers were present yet, this early in the afternoon. The "Opulent Temple & Duck Pond Stage" was arranged behind a low fence and against a warehouse wall. Three pieces of rusted art were on display. The DJ booth was shaped like a bowling pin with windows.

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Monday 6 April 2020
Butterfly Man Stage, As A Form Of Music, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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The Butterfly Man Stage lit up at night and was surrounded by barely visible dancers. A view of the Butterfly Man Stage in context with the rest of the fair. A hammock hung next to the tree trunk face. And just beyond the hammock was a stack of loudspeakers. Butterflies decorated the face of the tree trunk man. Notice how the man's eyes were empty. The Butterfly Man Stage featured a huge man's face as part of a tree trunk, with green knotted fabric as leaves. The face emitted steam to create a localized fog. A person sat in the hammock and watched the fake butterfly not move. A DJ sat atop the head and peered over the edge to see dancers below. Above the DJ, a guest sat among branches.

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Sunday 5 April 2020
Church Stage, As A Form Of Music, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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A replica of an old wooden church was set up as another stage. Speakers lined the wall of the church, and a sign on a box read, "Church Parking Only." The Church Stage shown in context with the surrounding fair. A food trunk was parked to the right of the church and porta potties lined the wall to the left. An arrow appeared to point at the Church Stage, but actually indicated that the path through the fair turned left there. A sign near the top of the church read, "Open Mind." A woman wearing a red wig sat in a sofa and talked to a man who leaned over her. Free water was available to the right of the Church Stage. A woman wearing a top hat sat and watched others dance.

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Saturday 4 April 2020
Marching Band, As A Form Of Music, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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The rhythm section was a small handheld drum played with a small turned-wood stick. Another played a slide whistle, while yet another played a euphonium. The parade ended as a man passed while playing a musical washboard. His washboard was fitted with bells for an added bit of musical punch. The next to pass was the trombone player. At one point the band ceased marching and paused to sing a song. You can listen to part of the song in a video . A marching band wove through the crowds. The first two players to pass by were the saxophone player and the trumpet player. One man played a well worn tuba. Another man next to him played a trumpet with a bent horn.

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Friday 3 April 2020
Baaahs Stage, (Big-Ass Amazingly Awesome Homosexual Sheep), As A Form Of Music, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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A sign was hung on the front of the bus in front of the driver's seat. It read: "BAAAHS" which stood for "Big-Ass Amazingly Awesome Homosexual Sheep." The DJ platform folded out from the rear side of the bus. A schedule of DJ performances was posted on the side of the DJ platform. According to that schedule, DJ Hil was performing at this time. The Baaahs stage (which stood for: Big-Ass Amazingly Awesome Homosexual Sheep) was low on dancers early in the afternoon. Although this was a sheep art car during the actual Burning Man event, here it was merely a bus set up as a stage.

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Thursday 2 April 2020
Floating In Latex, As A Form Of Booth, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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A man bent over and began to crawl through the exposed hole and into the box. The man trapped inside the box smiled and appeared to be enjoying the experience. Like a bug trapped in amber, the man enjoyed the experience of almost floating while trapped in latex. The man operating the booth was strong enough to tilt the box far over. The booth held just a vertical box with a vacuum cleaner attached to the box. A warning sign was posted on one of the poles holding up a "Coleman Instant Sun Shelter." That warning read, "Warning Latex allergens in the air here." Like magic, the man inside the box appeared to have vanished.

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Wednesday 1 April 2020
Equal And Opposite Camp, As A Form Of Booth, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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The Equal And Opposite Camp was closed early in the afternoon. It was just being set up as this photograph was taken. It featured a large yin and yang composed of two differently colored sections of the moon. A chair and table was set up to perform I Ching Readings.

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Tuesday 31 March 2020
Camp Tender Explorations, As A Form Of Booth, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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A plush toy bunny with carrot feet sat on a rose colored curved seat. People with animal backpacks boarded a bus hidden behind the booth entrance. The sign for Camp Tender Explorations was small and taped to cardboard: Camp Tender Explorations Journey To 3pm find your 4pm Spirit Animal 5pm & 6pm Explore your 7pm Past Lives With a picture of a whale below the sign.

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Monday 30 March 2020
Unidome, As A Form Of Booth, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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A big unicorn reared up at the corner of the Unidome booth. More unicorn art decorated the fence beyond the booth. Unicorns decorated the back wall. A beanbag chair and a round seat were available. However, the current occupants all stood. The sign described the nature of the booth: Welcome to the Unidome Chill Space Please, No Rough-Housing No Smoking Or Vaping Please Remove Shoes Please don't steal the ponies!!! They are not gifts, they are friends! Relax and Respect the Vibe Enjoy th Cosmic Sanctuary The Unicorn Advice Booth was closed at the time this photo was taken. Stickers decorated the sides of the advice booth.

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Sunday 29 March 2020
Art Generally, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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Burning man comic book covers were attached to the wall. A silver metal ball floated near the end of the fair. It had metal sparks or flames flowing out of it. A lit heart stood in the center of the fair. It was not lit yet because night was still hours away. Art was taped to a wall inside a warehouse. The art was partly covered by supplies loaded in for the liquor sales next to the art. A clock on a wooden wall lacked hands. On its face were the words, "Now Is The Time." The numbers that represented the hours were all fallen to the bottom of the face. A female robot knelt on a stand. The artist was just connecting the wires inside the stand.

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Saturday 28 March 2020
Listrikki Barcode Art, As A Form of Art, Artist: Listrikki, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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A sign on the asphalt showed a barcode and below that some text: "Scan Me And Watch Pigheaded Come Alive." A mannequin sat in a chair against a red wall. That mannequin had a pig head and when the barcode was scanned you were taken to an Instagram page that showed the pig talking. A sign with a barcode was labeled, "Scan Me And Watch Cold Turkey Come Alive." A sign set on the ground next to a mannequin featured a barcode and the words, "Scan Me and Watch Peace Dove Come Alive." Young Grasshopper stood against a chain link fence and held up hands as if to shove away anyone that approached. A scan of the barcode brought you to an Instagram page that showed the grasshopper talking.

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Friday 27 March 2020
Burning Man, As A Form of Art, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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This statue could not be burned near crowds of people. Instead, the base of the statue was surrounded by fake flames. Those flames hid lights used to illuminate the statue at night. A tall man made of wood stood near the entrance to the 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party. This man was constructed to resemble the man burned at the actual Burning Man event. The torso of the burning man statue was created from hoops of wood. The arms were created by bending thin strips of wood over a central core. The legs, like the arms, were created by bending thin strips of wood over a central core. Notice that this burning man statue lacked hands.

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Thursday 26 March 2020
"What's Your Inner Sun?", Artist: Ron Moore, As A Form of Art, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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Answers to the question, "What's your Inner Sun?" varied. One read, "People." Whereas another read, "My teenager daughter and her happiness." There were even a few written in idiographic languages. A hand-painted, cardboard sign was wrap-tied to a metal barricade. That sign read, "The Inner Sun.org, What's your Inner Sun?" Another section of the sphere had answers such as: "Nature and the Elements," and "Love," and "The Moment Is Exactly What It Needs To Be." A large metal sphere was created using a mixture of pentagons and hexagons. The faces were covered with many rusty, welded-together hands.

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