Design the Future of Fly Ranch — Starting NOW!

Photo via Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)

Want to take part in co-creating a sustainable and awe-inspiring year-round rural center at Fly Ranch, Burning Man Project’s 3,800-acre high desert property? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

Burning Man Project and the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) have partnered together to run a multi-disciplinary design challenge — LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch — that will create the foundational infrastructure for Fly Ranch and the building blocks for future activities like events, residencies, art builds, and large-scale projects. This design challenge is an invitation to artists, architects, designers, builders, scientists and Burners of all kinds to come together and create a collective project that lasts well beyond a week in August.

If you’re not familiar with Fly Ranch, it is just north of the event site, 21 miles north of Gerlach, Nevada. The property has 640 acres of wetlands, dozens of natural spring-water pools ranging in temperature from hot to cold, sagebrush-grasslands, and a small area of playa that opens onto the Hualapai Flat. The land’s most prominent feature is the stunning Fly Geyser, a unique and iconic geothermal geyser that constantly releases water reaching five feet in the air, depositing minerals and enabling the growth of multi-colored algae on the terraces surrounding it. The Fly Ranch property is truly an oasis in the desert and it’s where all of us are creating a year-round opportunity to explore the potential of the Burning Man community.

Through art, technology, and innovation, LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch will bring together sustainable and scalable solutions for power, water, shelter, food, and regeneration in the Black Rock Desert. You are invited to propose your regenerative artwork for this stunning landscape.

Registration is free and open to everyone. The design challenge closes on May 31 and the selection process will run through August. A minimum of $150,000 in honoraria grants will be distributed across selected teams to build functional prototypes on-site at Fly Ranch in 2021.

You’ll find design guidelines and everything thing you need to get started at

We also recommend that you check out this inspiring interview with LAGI’s founders, Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, in the Burning Man Journal.

Good luck!

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