The Effigy

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. If you are interested in building the Effigy, please visit the Effigy Proposals page.


The 2019 Effigy

Draco’s Nest
Artists: Gammaspace

Draco, the dragon slain by Minerva in the Titan War, has fallen from the heavens and been buried over countless decades. Draco's nest is the only remaining relic of this majestic celestial being. Though he has been nearly forgotten, the spirit of Draco returns for one final flagrant spectacle. Draco is a dazzling constellation that can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere in the summer. Once designated the north star, the brightest star in the constellation is coincidentally called Gamma Draconis! Draco's nest abstracts one of the most classic representations of fire, the dragon to celebrate our deep connection to the element. Our Effigy is both warming and inviting space with the thrill and epicness of fire in 360 degrees. Here, Draco has many surprises in store with evolving pyro performances planned, building up to a grand effigy performance on Saturday night.


Previous Apogaea Effigies

  • 2018 - Big Charles
  • 2017 - Heart of Gold
  • 2016 - Syzygy: The Library Angel
  • 2015 - Syzygy: The Library Angel
  • 2014 - T.O.T.E.M. - The Throne of the Emergent Multitude
  • 2013 - Blossom
  • 2012 - Blossom (not burned because of fire ban)
  • 2011 - Butterfly/Chrysalis "Transformation"
  • 2010 - Communigy
  • 2009 - VolCano
  • 2008 - Squid "The Next"
  • 2007 - Phoenix