- A hollowed-out Boeing 747 used as an art installation during the Burning Man festival two weeks ago is still in the middle of the Nevada desert, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Friday.
- For the past two years, the plane has been hauled more than 500 miles to its destination in the Black Rock Desert for Burning Man, where it also serves as an open-air nightclub and a “mutant vehicle.”
- This year, however, the plane hasn’t been moved out of the Black Rock Desert. The owner, Big Imagination Camp, said that it planned to move it to private property nearby but that the terrain was proving difficult.
- The US Bureau of Land Management in Nevada said it considered the plane to be trespassing, as its original recreation permit issued for Burning Man has expired.
Burning Man, the notoriously surreal annual festival that draws tens of thousands of attendees, operates under the principle of “leaving no trace” – meaning attendees should leave the Black Rock Desert, where it’s held, as they found it.
One obstacle to this principle is a hollowed-out Boeing 747 aeroplane still parked in the middle of the Nevada desert two weeks after Burning Man, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Friday.
The plane is an art installation, nightclub, and “mutant vehicle” during the festival, but now it’s a headache for the US Bureau of Land Management and the owner, Big Imagination Camp, according to the newspaper.
For the past two years, the plane has been hauled 500 miles to Burning Man, then back. This year, however, the plan changed slightly – Big Imagination Camp would bring the plane to private property nearby so future transportation to and from the festival would be easier.
But rough terrain caused problems for the team towing the plane, and it’s now parked in the middle of the desert.
The bureau considers the plane to be trespassing, as the original recreation permit issued for Burning Man has expired, Rudy Evenson, the acting communications chief of the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada, told the newspaper.
“It was moved off the event site without BLM authorization. So its legal status is in trespass with unauthorised use,” Evenson said. “Bottom line is, we’re evaluating options for getting rid of it.”
Ken Feldman, the CEO of Big Imagination Camp, told the Gazette-Journal the company was working on removing the plane from the desert but rough and uneven terrain had slowed down the process.
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