One of the central features of Artica was this wooden whatever-it-it is, perhaps six or eight meters tall tall. I watched some people assemble it and set it upright early in the afternoon. Just a few minutes later a gust of wind came through and blew it down, causing substantial damage to the top. The idea was to set this afire sometime late in the festivities, which went from noon to midnight. I had to leave at about 3:30 because of a family obligation. Looks like they got it reassembled and gave it the torch from what I see on the Artica group photo pool on Flickr. Sorry I missed that part.
Was this meant to be St. Louis' rinky-dink version of Burning Man? U "R" Us wants me to go to Burning Man with him in the Nevada desert in early September. As the family plans are shaping up, it's more likely I'll be cooling it in Ireland around that time.