By Laura Tsu //
The Midway and The Dusty Rhino presented Wild Kingdom: An Art Car & Fire Festival on an alluring Saturday last weekend. The weather was sunny, numerous art cars made the trek to SF, participants donned their playa gear and the music didn’t stop all day. When the evening set, fire was certainly in no short supply.
The Dusty Rhino, a community camp at Burning Man, aims to unite people together through fire, electronic music and art. Their signature art car, a 29-feet rhino that projects fire from its horn, not only makes annual Burning Man appearances, but also makes stops at SF’s Burning Man Decompression, How Weird Street Festival, Opulent Temple Massive and more.
With two blocks of road roped off for the festival, the art cars had more than enough room to fill in the gaps and invite people on board. Along with The Dusty Rhino, other notable art cars included the bumblebee vehicle Apis Inlusio, the fire-breathing squirrel car Bassnut, the Air Pusher, the steel-horse car Chester (with plenty of combustion) and the Janky Barge.
The 14-hour party featured five stages of nonstop beats with headliners such as DJ Dan, The Scumfrog, Worthy and Tara Brooks, as well as a special guest appearance by Tycho.