We are very excited to announce a redesign of our mutant vehicle project, Saddle Up! We tried a version of it last year but we were working with a very small local team of just three-four people. We are now thrilled that our team has grown to over 10 incredibly talented folks who are eager to work on the project every weekend. We have drawings that are to scale, we have a welder, a machinist, and several talented artists working with paint, wood, and fabric.
One of the key differences with this design is that the saddle sits lower on the bus and the saddle itself is a different style too; it has a longer seat and lower cantle. Where you see the beautiful scroll work on the saddle - that will be sheer fabric with the details painted on. This will allow guests on our upper deck to still see through the fabric and get a good view, but gives us the beautiful saddle aethetic on the outside for others to see.
We have also purchased all new fabric this year, at a fraction of our cost last year. This new fabric is called scrim and it is used in theater performances. In our lighting tests, we see that it diffuses the light nicely, giving it a soft glow and yet it is also breathable, making it helpful for outdoor winds and weather. We will be able to dye the fabric to the exact colors we want and that process will be starting next weekend.
Watch this space, check our Yellowstone Burners Facebook page, or follow Saddle Up Art Car on Instagram to see our progress!
Hi! I'm April and I'm the communications lead for the Yellowstone Burners. I first attended Burning Man in 2010 and have been back 8, mostly glorious, times. I moved from San Francisco/Oakland to Cody, Wyoming in October 2015 and helped to form the Yellowstone Burners.