Craig Maldonado

THE MIRAGE 1.0


The concept for this art car, commissioned for the Burning Man Festival, was to blend into the landscape as a kind of invisible sculpture, or “passive cloaking” device. The car also provided reflective surfaces to festival attendees, who could then see themselves reflected in the panoramic context of the playa. The shape, completely enclosed in a sensual mirrored shell, is unrecognizable from any angle as a vehicle – when it is not moving, it is more like a stationary sculptural installation. Additional structural steel elements support the curved frame, along with a sudden abundance of clear acrylic that includes a transparent, underlit observation deck atop the vehicle. This allows for a further layer of interactivity, as those being shuttled atop the vehicle can observe others interacting with the mirrored skin. Lighting and renderings by Brendan Burke.