Monday, May 12, 2008

Pirate Ships- The Contessa

This particular ship is one of the coolest DIY projects I've ever seen. I had the good luck to be at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada when The Contessa was sailing the particularly dry sea.

Final assembly occurred on site leading up to Burning Man, the annual event held this year in late August to early September. While the 40-person marching band played on deck, the Spanish galleon sailed around the playa every evening occasionally clocking 35mph. So, what was the reaction? The majority of the over 25,000 people who attended Burning Man proclaimed La Contessa the “coolest thing here!” Wasn’t this Simon’s original ethereal vision of an Old Spanish warship sailing on an ancient, inland sea that became the Black Rock Desert Playa?
I boarded the Contessa at sunset one night and enjoyed myself thouroughly, but really the pictures speak for themselves.

Here's an article about her building if you feel so inclined.

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