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Antipodal Burning Man: Moscow, Russia, February,28, 2009





If someone decides to celebrate half of the Burning Man-year, could he come up with something better than burning a snow-like man on the opposite side of Earth at the opposite time of the year?

Actually, we did not think about the exactness of the date, when making a spontaneous decision to replace the traditional Russian female figure of Lady Winter, which is usually being burned at the end of Maslenitsa, a traditional winter festival, with the Man.
(More about it Maslinitsa on Wiki)

We just changed the gender and made the figure more personal like the Burning Man tradition teaches us. (We hope that no BM rules were broken by making the figure look like the original Man:... well, let's call it His Northern Brother))


The place we chose was memorable for it’s rich history and beautiful nature, besides, it had a slight likeness to Baker Beach, which was important to us. As we know from history - the best way to make old problems go away is to invite some friends, make a figure and burn it!

Each of us took a pen and wrote, one after another, a few lines on His snow white body, like on the pages of a book. We all wrote something we wanted to be gone forever.
To keep our messages private we wrote in different languages.
We used Swedish, Hebrew, Japanese. The birth of a completely new hieroglyphics language also took place, those who knew just Russian and English drew some strange pictures :).

As far as we know it isn’t officially allowed to make a fire in the centre of Moscow so we went a few steps into the park, found a quite place and burned him there! He burned very quickly. Someone told me to start with the legs. Well, it was bad advice, the legs burned in a minute and He fell down.

We have no video documentation of the cleaning procedure, but I swear that we left no trace and removed every piece of dirty snow and brought it to the nearest garbage container.

It was such fun! Much more fun than I ever expected!
And I keep hearing the words – Masha, let’s burn something again)))
More photos of the event on facebook, please feel free to visit!

Amount of snow-burners: 8 grown-up persons, 1 baby, 1 dog.

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