Louisville Magazine

OCT 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.18 109 Sara von Roenn was not going to take this road. She'd planned to go the Colorado route through the mountains on her way home to Louisville, returning from this summer's Burning Man, a weeklong event that sees an entire city of art and 70,000 people ap- pear, then disappear, in the Nevada desert. But a friend suggested a straighter shot, I-80 through Wyoming, so she followed it. She figured it'd be easier on her borrowed van and trailer, loaded down by the weight of the installation she had set up at Burn- ing Man. What a fight that was at Burning Man, at first. Alone in the 50 mph winds of the blistering desert, von Roenn tried to secure two-foot screws into the shifting ground. It had been much easier to glide them into the softer dirt of her home in Kentucky, where she first showed Opening the Closet — an interactive, freestanding closet that's an in-your-face-and-heart look into LGBTQ history — at the Kentuck- iana Pride Festival in June. In the desert, though, she had no friends to assist, just a shovel and a melting iron will. She dug

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