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!
We are so thrilled that our events have started to create such a wonderful community of talented folks! We're putting on one more event for a non-traditional Valentine's Day and then our next event will likely be on 4th of July. We also have a lot of enthusiasm around Saddle Up!, and we're confident that we can make vast improvements in time to have it in this year's 4th of July parade in Cody.
We've also had a lot of questions from folks about the gathering that has so inspired us; Burning Man. To help explain that and how it's inspiring our activities here in Wyoming, we're starting monthly meetups just to talk about that. We had an introductory meeting in January and now we plan to meet the last Friday of every month around 6pm. We'll start with a little socializing and since it's close to the dinner hour, please bring something to eat for yourself or something you may want to share. We'll have nonalcoholic drinks but bring something stronger for yourself if you'd like.
In February, we'll meet on Friday the 22nd at 6pm and we plan to talk about the silly side of Burning Man. It is known for pranks, joking, and generally messing with people in some fantastic ways. After we give our little talk and tell some funny stories, we'll stay as long as people would like to get to know each other and answer questions one-on-one. While Burning Man is often silly, no question is too silly for us to find an answer. Everyone is welcome! You'll find us at 2537 Frank Court, Cody, WY in a large shop space on a cul-de-sac behind Reno Collision, Beartooth Inn, Gunwerks, and Wyoming Authentic Products. Look for the big brown bus.
Contact us if you have questions before.
Wow! We have been so busy posting on social media that we have neglected our website updates. So sorry about that! This update will be hefty, so read on.
Saddle Up! is not yet complete but we are making solid progress. We have the steel beams in to support the upper deck and the base frame on top of the bus, to also support the upper deck. Lots of our cozy furniture is complete; benches, chairs, tables...most of which we've made ourselves. The interior ceiling painting is complete and lookin' mighty fine with some old west flair.
For the saddle pieces, the cantle and fenders are complete although we'd like to add some decorative elements to fancy them up! We are now working on the seat and the horn and its all going well.
We completed our minimum round of fundraising and brought in just over $8000 in donations! We are so grateful to everyone who contributed to our project. The team is spending as much of our personal money as we can, so every extra dollar really helps. We now should have enough to make it look like a saddle for day time and be able to have enough money in gas to get to Burning Man...and back...at the end of August.
We were able to show off our progress during Cody's July 4th celebrations and let people come on board with the interior all cozy like a western lounge. This Saturday, we'll be at Cody's Yellowstone Beer Fest where we'll be serving free water to all participants.
Our next round of fundraising will go toward lighting so we can drive her around at night! Next year, we'll do more foundational work such as adding insulated walls and flooring to the interior to better control temperature, allowing us to have the bus at winter events and still keep folks warm.
We also had a local mechanic take the bus for a drive and the news was that she's in great shape! There should be no problems taking her to Nevada and back again. We've been dealing with a non-functional gas gauge though and he'll be able to get that in working order before we head out. Whew!
Questions, comments, curiosities? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to give a big THANK YOU to the Powell Tribune for their coverage today of our project, Saddle Up! We are so honored that it made the front page.
If you want to know more, you can watch this video or go to our Projects page. We'll be at our shop pretty much every weekend until this is done. We have 11 weekends left until 4th of July...let us know if you can lend a hand or consider making a tax deductible contribution at https://www.hatchfund.org/project/saddle_up.
All kinds of great things have been happening for us the past couple weeks and now we've got two big announcements.
First, we have a shop! We are renting a fantastic space at 2537 Frank Court in Cody, Wyoming. We had a lot of trouble finding a place tall enough and with enough other space to really be a home for all that the Yellowstone Burners need to do. We finally found it! We will be working on Saddle Up! at the shop most weekends from now until 4th of July. But we will post specific work days and times so folks will know when to come by.
Second, we have finalized our partnership with Hatchfund so our fundraising has now begun. You can help in three ways;
1) Organizations or businesses who want to sponsor our art car for certain events can contact us to discuss details. Your donation will be tax deductible.
2) Individuals can make smaller contributions to our crowdfunding campaign and get fun thank you gifts from us. Go to this link for all the details: www.hatchfund.org/project/saddle_up
3) Spread the word! Crowdfunding works when lots of people donate small amounts. So please, if you like our project, ask your friends to help us by making a contribution. $25 buys one piece of plywood so every donation is important.
Thank you for helping in any way that you can!
Big announcements for Saddle Up! are brewing as we speak...but we can't speak just yet ;). In the meantime, please keep in mind that if you want to attend Burning Man this year, registration for tickets is coming up March 21st. You'll register first and then the sale is a few days later. To get started any time before then, make sure you have created a Burner Profile. It'll help to also set up a TicketFly account. Contact us for any questions! https://profiles.burningman.org/
We are seeking a more permanent location in Cody to work on our Saddle Up! project. The key requirements are:
"Bling In The New Year" and dance the night away with the Yellowstone Burners at the historic Wapiti Lodge! This celebration brings creativity, entertainment, music, and community together in unique ways. This is primarily a fundraiser to support our first collaborative art project which we hope to debut during Cody's 4th of July parade. Join us for this special night of fun!
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We have just launched our fundraising campaign and now we need help from you! If you can contribute, please do! If you can't, please share our link. Crowdfunding is successful when lots of folks are able to contribute just a little. We are truly grateful for everyone who contributes and shares :).
See our Fundrazr here! fnd.us/81EqNf?ref=sh_b6dsZe
We are excited about Saddle Up! for a couple of really important reasons: First, this mobile art piece will be a hydration station for Black Rock City. Dehydration is a serious issue out there and it's no fun to run out of water when you're far from the city and having fun.
Second, Saddle Up! will be a critical piece in our hometown of Cody, Wyoming for awareness of our group and for future fundraising. Once she's complete, we can "rent" her out in exchange for a donation to our group. We envision taking her to private events or public gatherings throughout the year.
Thank you for any way that you can help us reach our goal!
We have been a bit vague about what we are working on but now we’re ready to reveal all that we’ve been noodling on for the past year. Todd and April have formed a non-profit art-focused group called the Yellowstone Burners and we are based in the Cody, Wyoming area. We are going to lead the creation of an art car, or Mutant Vehicle, which we call Saddle Up!
The base vehicle is a 35 foot long school bus. We will build a deck on top of the bus with support beams that will hold a canopy above that second level. The exterior decor will then be designed to look like a saddle resting on a wooden saddle rack. The interior of the bus itself will be transformed into a high dollar old west poker lounge and we’ll call that The Lounge. The upper deck will become a wild west gunslinger saloon called The Watering Hole.
More than just transportation, the Saddle Up! will provide some humor along with a valuable community service; The Watering Hole saloon will serve...water. We will have a 50 gallon container of potable water on board each day/night and we will serve electrolyte drinks, teas, and just good old plain water. We plan to lure people in from deep playa under the guise of a saloon and trick them into making sure they are well hydrated. Todd and April have both experienced issues with a lack of water far from the city, as have several of our friends, and dehydration is the number one health issue at Burning Man.
Our simultaneous goal is to build a thriving community of collaborative artists here in Park County. The town of Cody loves to have parades and our most popular one is during 4th of July. We hope to have Saddle Up! ready in time to debut in this parade, and then bring her to Burning Man the following month. This piece is designed to honor our new home and the deep history of horse and rider that has made this part of the country so unique. We are very excited to introduce collaborative unconventional art to our new hometown and bring some new folks along with us to also experience the playa.
Here’s where the project stands now:
This is the first project that Todd or April have worked on where they are also the leading artists. This is our original idea and we’re so incredibly excited to form a team here in Cody to build it, to amaze our local community members as they see Saddle Up! in the July 4th parade, and we can’t wait to arrive on playa to give people rides to see incredible pieces of art while staying well hydrated. Let us know how you’d like to help us make this happen <3.
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 7, mostly glorious, times. My fiance, Todd, and I moved from San Francisco/Oakland to Cody, Wyoming in October 2015. We formed the Yellowstone Burners to bring the collaborative public art experience to all the creative folks here in our new neighborhood.