Draka the Dragon

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(from DrakaArts Website)  Art car created by Lisa Nigro. The flamethrower was designed by Flynn Mauthe.

Originally Lisa had envisioned her dragon as Shen Lung the Chinese spiritual dragon who controls the winds and the rain. She dreamed this dragon would be mobile and have wings that flapped up & down and made a sound like a bellows. Its tail would swish and snap back & forth and its surface would be cut from metal, in a series of scales, all rusted & green. Eyes glowing red with a vicious mouth, it would blow fire and orange balls of sulfurous stank. To be in keeping with the Burning Man theme of "the Body," the eerie sound of theremin playing would summon the masses to snake along with the dragon as it chased the magic pearl from one chakra to the next on it's spiritual journey ~THAT WAS THE DREAM ~ this is what actually happened...

Lisa conceived the idea of this magnificent Dragon just after completing her Fertility Goddess as Sundial for Burning Man 1999. She was on the playa reading "Wicked - The Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West," by Gregory McGuire, and was inspired by his description of a Dragon Clock Tower "made of hundreds of overlapping discs of copper, bronze, and iron," roaming from village to village, displaying sick and twisted puppet theatre. Lisa began work on the proposal that winter and her boyfriend, Flynn Mauthe, came up with the idea of hitching trailers together. "Like a Louisiana hayride," he said, "so participants can catch a tour of the Burning Man sites as they ride the dragon." Lisa's FERTILITY GODDESS of 1999 had given birth to the DRAGON.


What the Beast is made of

Draka had become a nocturnal beast, needing massage by day and excitement at night. At birth she measured in at 124 feet in length, 12 feet in width at her mid-section with a 30 foot wing span. Her train-like look being attributed to the connection of one box truck to three trailers. Her "Belly" was built on a Ford Econoline, one ton box truck. The interior of this old fish truck had been stripped and redecorated by the Dragon Girls to make a very plush, warm and inviting lounging environment. Sort of a modern I-Dream-of-Jeanie's Bottle where six could sleep comfortably on many a cold night.

The driver's "Cock-Pit" became a backdrop to Road-Warriors and Dragon-Lovers with its red-washed walls, fur and leather accoutrements. There was just enough room for the driver and flame-thrower controller to sit cozily next to a 30 gallon propane tank. This section, connected to the Beast's Belly, supported her head, neck and wings plus a saddle on her back. The rear of the belly was secured by two hand-made medieval-looking wooden doors, designed with a fictitious gate to heaven and hell in mind.

The second, "Bar, Lounge and Kitchen Compartment" was all about swank with its curved benches lined with red velvet and black fur, a zebra print rug and bar covered with wooden shingles. Participants were invited to have a drink, relax, and enjoy while touring Black Rock City as seen from the bowels of one amazing beast.

The third, "Entertainment Car," was created for carrying musicians, dj's, and performers like the Xtra-Action Marching Band. By the end of the event we had to temporarily remove this car. The excess of people climbing aboard was causing the Dragon to truly Drag and gouge holes into the playa floor.

The fourth and smallest "Tail Section" finished off the beast and was utilized for the storage of maintenance supplies and a generator.