Thank you for visiting the Everywhen! We are delighted to see a grassroots effort to build Constellation City in the Black Rock Desert this JULY 2022!
Located in Northern Nevada, the Black Rock Desert is a fully exposed, high-desert environment with temperatures that can exceed 105ºF or drop below 60ºF in the evenings. This is a dusty environment, devoid of water and shade, greeting visitors with a flat, horizon-to-horizon expanse called playa.
About Constellation City
Everywhen's goals for Constellation City is to create a community-built temporary city that will exhibit the art, homesteads and camps of the artists, visitors, dancers, revelers, and campers of the Black Rock Desert. The city will take the form of Pleiades, the Seven Sisters asterism, to guide its design. By linking dense, ringed neighborhoods nodes with art parks and grand avenues, we will build an art city that emphasizes intimate experiences. We declined to proceed with the permitting process for 2022, so the Everywhen Project will not be building an official Constellation City experience.
The future city will contain several districts, allowing camps, installations and homesteads to be placed amongst different neighborhoods:
The Hootenanny, an area dedicated to dance and fire
Central City, where Backstage, Hospitality, Medical and other core services are located
Quiet Sector, an area without sound in the late evenings and early mornings
The Avenues, the bridge between neighboring rings; an area with straight lots and roads.
Art Parks, a place just for art
Bringing Art or your Homestead
Do you want to bring your art, art car, performance, homestead (camp) or something altogether different to the Everywhen? Please visit the Project Registry to submit your project.
The Black Rock Desert
Constellation City (CC) will be located on playa in the Black Rock Desert. Playa is bright, dusty, flat and alkaline. The tan-white playa expanse surrounds CC, creating a blank canvas that stretches toward distant rocky mountains. Goggles and masks are highly recommended, as wind storms can kick up dust. Winds gust can exceed 75 miles per hour, necessitating the use of rebar or lag bolts to stake shade, tents and structures to the desert floor.
To survive in this environment, you need to be 100% self-sufficient. There will be NO cell phone service. Be sure to bring enough water (1.5 gallons per person per day), shade, and a place to sleep.
You've seen that Black Rock that is the namesake of the Black Rock Desert, wanna know something more?
During the Paleozoic Era, A piece of the Oceanic Plate with a series of volcanic island chains collided with and accreted to the western edge of the North American Plate. This newly attached land contained volcanic rocks inter-laced with oceanic sediments, such as the black limestone of the Black Rock. These rocks now make up or underlie much of northwestern Nevada, including the Black Rock, Pine Forest, and Jackson Ranges. The Black Rock itself, the namesake of the desert, is a piece of an ancient island chain.
From far away its black color fools the eye. It looks like basalt, but the Black Rock is really made up of fingers of volcanic rocks and limestone, remnants of those transported island chains. Many fossils of wood, plants, marine animals pigs, and horses from 15 million years ago have been found. The most exciting discovery has been the 2 mammoth skeletons! They can be viewed at the Humboldt County Museum and in the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.
Records have been made in The Black Rock Desert such as:
In 1983, Richard Noble drove the jet-powered Thrust2 car to a new record of 634.015 mph (breaking a world land speed record)
In 1997, ThrustSSC driven by Andy Green became the world's first, and so far, the only supersonic car, reaching 763.035 mph
On November 23, 1996, the Reaction Research Society launched a rocket to 50 miles in altitude, a significant leap in amateur rocket altitude records at the time.
On May 17, 2004, the Civilian Space eXploration Team (CSXT) launched a rocket to 72 miles in altitude, which was the first amateur rocket to exceed the 62.14-mile
Fun history fact:
In World War II, 973 sq mi of the Black Rock Desert was used for a USAAF aerial gunnery training range, and post-war, the north region of the United States Navy's Lovelock Aerial Gunnery Range was in the Black Rock Desert area. (the Black Rock Desert Gunnery Range had closed by 1964).
The weather at Black Rock Desert can be extremely hot, with some days exceeding 100ºF. However, as with any desert, one should be prepared for cold, fall-like days and chilly (or warm!) nights. Wind gusts carry dense dust, sometimes causing white-out conditions. Be prepared with goggles and a dust mask! Large dust devils can quickly trash your camp; use rebar or lag bolts to safely secure your gear.
If there is rain, do not drive your vehicle! When wet, playa will bind to moving wheels, quickly immobilizing vehicles. Stay away from dark-tinted (wet) playa. Beware of standing water and exercise awareness of power cables.
For a more complete list, please check out Lillith's Playa Checklist.
SHELTER: As an exposed desert environment without natural shelter, we recommend an RV, trailer, or a tent. Whenever possible, we suggest keeping vehicles nearby or upwind of structures to provide additional wind protection. Lag Bolts, 16" or longer and chain are the recommended ground anchors for keeping things secure in the playa.
WARMTH: The desert may get chilly at night, or stay warm - it's anyone's guess. A propane fire pit with grill doubles as a cooking fire and a way to keep warm. If having fire, keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Gloves, hats, jackets, and boots are recommended for nightwear. Before going to bed, tossing a few air-activated heat packs into your sleeping bag will help keep you warm through the night.
PROTECTION: Goggles, face/dust mask, boots and long socks are suggested for minimizing skin drying due to contact with the alkaline playa. Ear plugs help with reducing noise when sleeping. When out and about at night, a headlamp or glowing lights will help you keep footing and visible to others.
EQUIPMENT: Jumper cables for the vehicle, and consider using solar panels for recharging batteries and powering camps.