What is the Effigy?
In the tradition of Burning Man, the culmination of Apogaea is an effigy burn. The effigy can be anything you can imagine built out of burnable materials. In recent years, we’ve burned a Phoenix, a Squid, a Volcano, a free-form structure made up of smaller pieces decorated by the community, and an incredibly beautiful butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.
The effigy is a celebration of community. We help build it, gather around it, watch performances involving it, burn it, and dance to its warmth. There are no real parameters to the project except that it be of significant size and burnable. Using the event theme is ideal but not required. Projects that involve the community on multiple levels are preferred.
If you are interested in building the effigy, please consider the following: The event population is expected to be over 2,300 participants. Are you prepared to meet the masses as they venture out to see your work? Do you have safeguards in place to account for for user error? Is your project protected from theft or damage? Are there any health hazards or danger to the environment? This includes fumes emitted during burning. Can it be properly lit at night until it is burned so no one damages it or injures themselves on it?
How do I apply to create the effigy?
Effigy grants follow everything described in the Creative Grant Guidelines with only a few exceptions. Please read and understand all of the guidelines if you’d like to submit an proposal.