Crude Awakening

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Created by Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito. It was created to "dramatize the worshipful relationship and dependence modern man has toward oil." [1]

Notable BM moment

On Friday August 31, Crude Awakening was ceremoniously exploded with a fireworks show cumulating in a massive, 200ft tall flaming mushroom cloud.

After Burning Man

The steel figures were displayed in the Hayes Valley and elsewhere in the Bay Area (needs specifics)...


  • 99-foot-tall wooden oil derrick
  • 5 giant flame-throwing steel "praying people"