Burning Man announces a 100-foot-tall disco ball, known as The Orb

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Burning Man always proves to be a fascinating topic, as thousands of people from around the world strip away their normal lives and enter into the Playa. The theme of this year’s festival, the first since its founder Larry Harvey’s passing, is derived from Isaac Asimov’s landmark 1950 sci-fi work, I, Robot. Each year, inventive new art installations bring together Burning Man’s larger-than-life theme, from Boeing jet nightclubs to flamethrower scorpion cars, and this year will be no different.

Word has it that a giant 100-foot-tall mirror ball, known as The Orb, will be making its first appearance in the Nevada desert at this year’s burn. The structure was created by a team of Danish architects led by Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange, who together created a 30-ton inflatable — yes, inflatable — disco ball.

“The ORB is a mirror for earth lovers – reflecting the passing daytime, evolving life, and other art works beneath it – A new planet to sci-fi fans, a wayfinder for travellers or just a huge disco ball to those who love a good party. Visible from most of The Playa, it will help Burners navigate the desert and find way. At night, the ORB will blend entirely into its surroundings and become part of the desert. The ORB is a tribute to mother earth and human expression – designed to easily inflate and deflate, leaving no trace on the Playa.”

BPM banned from Playa del Carmen; victim identities and shooting details confirmed [Breaking]

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State officials have announced that after 10 years, BPM Festival is no longer welcome in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Playa del Carmen’s Mayor of Solidarity Cristina Torres Gómez–a goodwill liaison between tourists and locals–announced that strong regulations will be developed to protect Playa del Carmen’s tourist friendly atmosphere.

Among the regulations, Gómez announced that night activity will be strictly monitored. She also announced an immediate ban on both BPM and the Arena Festival, scheduled to take place in February.

“We want these types of events to go,” Torres Gómez said. “We won’t allow one more.”

The Playa is typically much less violent than the cartel contested regions in mainland Mexico and is often affectionately referred to as the face of Mexico. BPM will likely still hold events in Brazil and Portugal, as was recently announced.

Mexican news sources have also confirmed the names of those injured and deceased and revealed new details about the suspected shooter in the Blue Parrot nightclub shooting that took place early Monday morning during the Elrow closing party at BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

According to several sources including Quintana Roo’s Attorney General, the victims have been identified as Kirk Wilson of Toronto, Daniel Pessina of Italy, Geovanni Francisco Ruiz Murillo of Mexico, and Rafael Antonio Peñalosa Vega of Mexico. While the former three were declared dead on site, Vega died minutes after being admitted to the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), a state run hospital in Playa Del Carmen.

Alejandra Margarita Villanueva Ibarra of the United States has also been confirmed dead by the Attorney General and by her family in Colorado. Reports confirm Ibarra was crushed to death in the stampede to exit when shots broke out inside the club.

The Quintana Roo Prosecutor’s office has confirmed that the altercation took place at 2:28 am, Monday January 16  when a patron was denied entry to the bar for carrying a gun. Quintana Roo Prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech Cen had previously confirmed that four people of interest were being held in relation to the event, but no charges have been filed. He also firmly ruled out any ties to terrorist activity.

State officials also confirmed that the suspect left behind several items including a t-shirt, a Tuarus .38 revolver, and numerous shell casings from several handguns including: 6 .38 revolver shells, 8  9 millimeter shells, and 6 .380 caliber shells.

The Governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquin, confirmed details about the shooting and reiterated the importance of cracking down on violence in the region in a dispatch on the state’s website. “We will implement decisive actions to avoid aggressions of any kind in this state that is the window of Mexico and the pride of all Mexicans,” said Gov. Joaquin. “Measures will be taken to maintaine [sic] the order and security in all of our tourist destinations.”

“All crimes are reprehensible,” he added, “but certainly, the most are those that have consequences for innocent people.”

This article features reporting from Christina Hernandez and Jordan Diaz.

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