The Houston burner community has a long history of building great community art projects. A few of these are memorialized below:
The Cargo Mother (2013 Burning Man CORE Effigy)
The Houston Burners community, supported by a Kickstarter campaign that raised $4,390 from 69 backers, built a large cockroach effigy to take to and burn as part of the Circle of Regional Effigies (C.O.R.E.) at Burning Man 2013. The alien-oriented theme of that year’s Burning Man was Cargo Cult and the return of John Frum in the far future. The cockroach, plentiful in the Houston-area, represented the last vestiges of life to be found on Earth upon Frum’s return. Dimensions of the piece were 30′ long, 12′ wide, and 25′ high, and it was made of conduit pipe, planks and plywood, and electronics. Here’s an article from the Houston Chronicle on the project.
ReinCOWNation (2012 Burning Man CORE Effigy)
The Houston Burners community, supported by a Kickstarter campaign that raised $5,360 from 96 backers, built a large bull effigy to take to and burn as part of the Circle of Regional Effigies (C.O.R.E.) at Burning Man 2012. The theme of that year’s Burning Man was Fertility 2.0. The bull, while also a symbol of Texas and the Houston-area, is a universal symbol of virility and fertility. Dimensions of the piece were 19′ long, 12′ wide, and 17′ high, and it was made of wood and burlap. The same article above from the Houston Chronicle also has some great photos of the bull on the playa and on fire.
Mobile Living Room (1995 – One of the First Mutant Vehicles at Burning Man)
In 1995, local resident Pepper Mouser registered one of the first true mutant vehicles with Burning Man’s DMV (Department of Mutant Vehicles). Mutant vehicles are distinguished from art cars by being unrecognizable as a traditional street vehicles. The Mobile Living Room can still often be seen in Houston’s annual Art Car Parade. Here is a great article from the LA Times which mentions Pepper’s vehicle.