by Shelley Watson, Creative Director, Sublime Design


Auckland Burners is a not-for-profit entity founded to help build community in New Zealand’s largest city


Auckland Burners is group of people who go to Kiwiburn and Burning Man, who love the ethos and the community, and want more people to get involved; to start making art, to be inspired.

We formed an official entity and set out to make art.

What better way to reperesent who we are than a logo featuring flames, and an Auckland icon, the Sky Tower!

I designed the logo, wrote the website and hold the position of Secretary for Auckland Burners, helping it thrive in our community.

Some say we’re crazy, ‘cos in 2016, Auckland Burners built a five metre long flame throwing giant weta sculpture out of steel to take to Burning Man. It was an incredible project to be a part of and brought over 40 people together to learn new skills, create and to see themselves as artists.

Read more about my involvement with The Giant Weta project here.

Auckland Burners
The Giant Weta
Burning Man

photo of some of The Giant Weta build team at Weta HQ, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand, 2016 by Amy Potenger

photo of The Giant Weta at Burning Man 2016 by Cliff Baise