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A gigantic 30′ spinning wheel with posed human skeletons mounted on its inner edge called Charon is fully powered by a minimum of 12 people working in unison. The ropes attached are pulled simultaneously to get the wheel spinning at the correct speed, revealing the skeletons’ animation. The animation tells the story of Charon, the mythological gondolier and ferryman of Hades who carried the souls of the recently departed across the river Styx, the last right of passage on the way to the afterlife. This piece was created by Peter Hudson for the Burning Man.