The one noticeable blemish of PW&F is the missing middle “g” in the sign, a consequence of fierce playa winds and insufficient architectural/carpentry skills by the alleged artist/caretaker of the project. The “g” was recovered eventually, but I decided to leave well enough alone and proceed without it. The missing letter fit into the backstory of the installation, which is that it’s a laundromat from New Jersey that has gone through some serious tough times and weirdness.
The good news is that the project was a big hit among the patrons of the Burning Man Festival. Lots of smiles, positive comments, jokes, and photos snapped. Visitors took all of the custom tee shirts we made and brought, which were stamped with the official logo. Someone added a bell on a stand, and a sign that said “Ring for Service”. Funny!
I may have more later, but for now here are some photos.
The T-shirts were available to all comers while they lasted. They were painted by my son Maxwell and two of his high school friends, Danielle and Audrey.
A dramatic setting for a non-functioning laundromat:
In memorium to Peggy Seymore, my high school classmate.
Catnip was the member of the art team who guided me to my spot on the playa. Hi, Catnip! (photo pending)