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ah, our beloved goat, how we knew ye. inside and out for 2 years, we cut and welded and stretched and shaped and fiberglassed, disassembled, loaded, unloaded, and reassembled... and now you are forever in your native habitat...the playa. next year, burning man attendees just might see our darling goat at the greeter station as they arrive...or maybe they'll see it belching/farting fire and being pulled around on a flatbed truck the night of the burn? who knows? during the week of burning man this year, gregor and i and other members of camp goatrodeo came to the decision that we didn't want to bring the goat out to the playa next year. we'd like to do other projects, and the huge responsibility that the goat entails would prevent us from moving forward on other outrageous installations/art cars/etc. so we discussed, half-jokingly at times, getting rid of the goat. selling it on ebay, to a goat farm, to a theme park, to a high school as a mascot...you name it, we thought of it. we also daydreamed about asking the burning man organization (bmorg) to keep it for us, perhaps on the 80 acres. we knew that bmorg was very fond of the goat; they'd said so last year and were very happy we were back this year. so we asked. and yes! we were told that the goat absolutely had a place in bmorg's heart, and that if we weren't up for bringing it out next year, they'd love to handle it if we'd be willing to donate it. so i did. on the spot. :) on sunday morning after the burn, at dawn, i roused my fellow goat-kateers, and we took the goat down one last time, loaded it into the truck, and trundled it over to bman dpw's camp, where we'd been instructed to leave it on pallets. we also left them moof's excellent illustrated goat assembly documentation, fetchingly bound in 2 large boxes of booze. as a final act, gregor marked the goat in a time-honored manner. so, camp goatrodeo wishes a warm farewell to the goat, and now, is no more. but on the bright side, there's a lot more room for cocktail party attendees in the houseness back yard now :) thanks to every goat-kateer who helped make the goat a reality (and a surreality) for all burning man attendees. we did a cool thing, and many people will remember it for a long time. hurray for us! -rachel
The Goat lives! (somewhere in Nevada)
Many of the Camp Goatrodeo folks are already planning to attend Burning Man again in 2002 in the form of the all-new Black Rock City Goast Guard!
People would always ask us if we were going to burn the goat, even after we told them it was made of steel and fiberglass. Turns out that people in Gavle, Sweden make their goat out of straw every year...and it's almost always burnt!
2001 pictures are still being collected.
Also check out Shadok's FMITGA collection, now hosted here too.
Our own image gallery, with pictures of summer 2000 Goat construction and various shots of the Goat in action on the playa.
Burning Man or Bust by Russell Brown & Rick Smolan, Adobe Motion Center; September, 2000 (The Goat can be seen in some of the videos)
Tech crowd gets tribal by Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Examiner; September 3, 2000 (quotes Rachel Perkins)
Burning Man: The Only Flame IT Pros Welcome by Jill Morneau, TechWeb News; August 30, 2000
Appointment at Black Rock: The Burning Man journey by Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Examiner; August 20, 2000
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