Beyond Wonderlot: Mutopia sends out a pod

pod 5 at beyond wonderland... even with a fence, still awesome.

Heres a recap of our adventures with Pod 5 of Mutopia down in San Bernadino a couple of weekends ago.  Overall, it was pretty fun. Check the full array of pictures here:

Beyond Wonderland (or as it was dubbed by various art groups, “Beyond Wonderlot”) went well. Thanks to Bethany and her friend’s help with loading up, Denise, Jax, Anthony and myself got going on thursday and made good time on the drive down. Anthony and Densie piloted the box truck while Jax and I had a lot of time to consider the aesthetics of the back of the budget truck paint job. We met our 7am call time at the event site with ease on Friday, as did our production manager, Ian. (I think he was a little surprised with punctual artists.)

up it goes!

Pod 5 went up no problem, Denise learned to drive the VR, the fire marshals looked forward to pushing the buttons, and overall, we had an easy run of it. We obtained interesting factoids along the way, such as the ability to pick a fully build pod 5 up by its landing pad pick point and move it 60ft to the left when the production peeps realized they’d really rather have it over THERE. The weef stems may need a little re-adjustment, but they look great- especially with their shiny paint job (thanks again robin!).

we heart heavy equipment... especially when we get to drive.

The fishbug and syzigryd crews were also in attendance; “you’re doing it wrong” was synonymous  with “hello”.   We all helped each other out with obscure plumbing parts, and generally hung out in each others fuel depots during downtimes. Insomniac seemed to have paid attention to complaints from the last event; there  was a VR designated for ART, and we shared amongst ourselves with no issue.

We managed to get away with only 1 home depot run for set up. Hooray for having the best inventory of plumbing parts.

no more leaky seam...

Saturday, the day of the event, was much more exciting. Things went well-ish. There were some situations, they got resolved. A leaky water trough was handily reparied with AB epoxy(go denise!), mutopia tried to eat itself again (so cute.), and a button malfunction was repaired in the field (yay anthony!). Pod 5 was once again on fire and widely enjoyed by the masses of candy ravers (who were really sweet and fun… such big pupils!). The crowd had a fun time pushing the buttons and were very excited about the fire.
We ran the piece for about 7 hours, with a few breaks scattered throughout. Good times!

and... we left before it started raining. Win!

Break-down went smoothly, took about 2 hours. Thanks to Denise’s VR operation and some help from Hassan from the Fishbug crew, we got everything unbolted, yanked out, packed up and strapped down before it started raining.

uh oh.

It rained most of the way home. We saw exciting accidents, flooding, sheep, and interesting railroad machinery. And more accidents. We obtained fudge. Things got a little silly. There was pea soup for dinner.

Big big thanks to:
Fishbug Crew for the occasional hand, taxi service, catering, big love and the occasional plumbing bit.
Syzigryd for our industrial artists guild (IAG) contract enforcement, friendly visits and dinner date.
Insomniac crew for being on top of things this go-around. Yay!

Anthony for driving the ENTIRE time.
Slinky, JDV, Babs and Ray for helping us execute a super quick unload. Yay!

all and all, beyond wonderlot was a triumphant success. We rose to the challenge and each gave 133.33%. Go team!

We’re eagerly anticipating showing the full mutopia at EDC in June.



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