Andrew Johnstone is in charge of designing the Burning Man Man Base, and ensuring that the Man burns safely, so that flaming tons of debris do not cascade down onto the thousands of revelers below. Originally from Great Britain, Andrew currently resides in San Francisco with his wife and children. Since 2005 he apprenticed under Rod Garrett, the architect of Burning Man. When Rod passed away in 2011, Andrew was honored with the title “Design Steward of the Man” and has served to carry on with the design of the Burning Man Man Base. This year, the theme of Burning Man is “Da Vinci’s Workshop” and a bold design employing gears and human power has been devised to rotate the Man in a style that would make Da Vinci proud.
In this conversation, you’ll hear about:
- [11:30] The origins of Burning Man
- [14:03] How Burning Man decides what the Man and the Man Base looks like
- [16:25] What it takes to ensure that the Man burns safely
- [27:22] How to not die at Burning Man
- [36:35] How Burning Man can transform your life
- [38:20] How Burning Man is changing the world
Mentioned in this episode
- Transformational festival
- 8 Ways Transformational Festivals Can Change Your Life and Change the World
- 28 Festivals and 8 Reasons They Can Change Your Life
- The World’s Best Festivals
- Sustainable Green Living
Where to find Andrew:
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