• Sep 2nd 2008 at 12:26PM
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This year, the theme for Burning Man was "The American Dream." While some may argue that being American means choosing what is right or wrong for yourself, the revelers at this year's Burning Man festival made a statement by creating a giant Hummer out of wood. The front of the Bummer Hummer was painted in rather festive shades which blended into military-style camo at the rear. The vehicle was built to represent rampant American consumerism, especially in these days of high gas prices.

The Burning Man festival itself can perhaps be considered a bit excessive itself, and this wooden Hummer certainly could as well. The house-sized vehicle was burned at the end of the festivities - sounds a bit like inconspicuous consumption. Still, regardless of what you think about the Bummer Hummer, some sort of statement was made and witnessed by all those in attendance. Therefore, its builders surely consider it a success. Check out the video after the break for more.

[Source: SFGate]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      How many toxins will be released by burning all that paint?

      Stupid hippies, get a grip and look at your own lifestyle before complaining about others.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So what was the carbon footprint of hauling that much wood to the black rock.... THEN burning it ??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Burning Man mission is “to generate society that connects each individual to his or her creative powers, to participation in community, to the larger realm of civic life, and to the even greater world of nature that exists beyond society.
      http://www.travelamerica360.com/the-burning-man-festival-expression-of-enigma-and-radical-expression.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well I wouln't be too concerned about the carbon footprint of this action. What bothers me more is that they burned glue and color and this is far worse than just the wood. I do hope though, that the rubber wheels were removed before burning...
      • 1 Year Ago
      I SO WANT to be a recipient of da yummy hugs you give, but since I won't be able to, I'll just use this opportunity to share sump'tin with ole' Raven; Raven, there are so many projects to help the World that need your attention that undermining people who appear to you as overweight is simply counterproductive. I realize that 'we' are an easy target (pun un intended but haha never the less) as our exteriors are on display for all to see. I just feel that you may be overlooking the fact that there are many over weight people due to medical and or psychological conditions. Said people deserve and need love and compassion not negative judgement (and you do too, you need and deserve love). On top of that, we live in a culture that is bombarded with images of models as the 'ideal', or what is thought to be sought after body types, that in reality only make up 6% of the population. Overweight people carry excess pounds for many reasons; genetically (you know, you've had that friend or someone you've met that no matter how little or much they eat their bodies remain the same size), underactive thyroid (is responsible for regulating metabolism), diabetes, a RANGE of psychological diagnoses which include; body dysmorphia, anxiety, etcetera. There are also many painful orthopedic issues that cause depression and apathy making exercise extremely difficult; paralysis, arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, and many others. My point is that milluons of people suffer from dehabilitating REAL ISSUES that present an array of challenges. It is unfortunate that we live in a world that teaches us to judge the 'cover' of a person and make negative assumptions about them without knowing their stories. We need to lead by example and action, instead of looking at a persons exterior pre-deemed flaws, we ought to look at them straight in the eyes, be loving, non judgemental and have compassion in OUR eyes. It is "The Golden Rule", while simple in concept, it is truly how to heal the planet and all her inhabitants.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Burning Man festival is an event which has grown from being a beach party celebrating the summer solstice to the incarnation of personal freedom, radical self expression. If you’re looking for a totally unique experience, The Burning Man Festival will provide you with one, but only if you participate.
      http://www.travelamerica360.com/the-burning-man-festival-expression-of-enigma-and-radical-expression.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know about this year as I didn't get to go, but I know last year BRC made an effort to be carbon neutral. If that was continued, then this statement doesn't contradict itself. But either way, the artistic value (and value of the statement they're making) can't be denied.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That guy looks like he's a bit on the chubby side. Imagine the gall of him eating all that excess food when there are people starving on this earth.

      Big body = Big SUV

      Same shit, different pile.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yeah.. i know im a bit chubbo.... but that just means i get to keep skinny people like you with bad circulation warm with my big yummy love hugs

        come n get one.. you know you want it... ill hug all the spite out of you.
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