Decompression 2014 Theme: The Lost City
Throughout human existence, our history and mythos have been filled with tales of legendary cities, built by once-great civilizations, now lost. Some, like the Lost City of Atlantis, have disappeared beneath the waves and into the murky ocean abyss forever, existing now only in legend. Others like Machu Picchu, the fabled mountain-top citadel of the Inca, were lost for centuries but have since been found! The lure of these lost cities is irresistible: In 1925, Percy Fawcett, one of the last Victorian-era explorers, marched into the thick jungle of the South American Amazon and vanished without a trace, driven by an obsession to find The Lost City of Gold - El Dorado. In our modern era, similar obsession brings tens of thousands of people to set out each year and build a vibrant metropolis in the harsh Black Rock desert of Nevada, only to have it lost again to the dust, leaving no trace, for another year.
What is it about these lost cities that fascinates us? That drives folklore and myth and legend and obsession? What possible meaning and relevance could these ideas have to our modern day civic existence, where economic blight, urban decay and civil unrest threaten our very own cities?
On Saturday November 8th, 2014, join us as we explore, discover, reclaim and reassemble these lost cities! Together we will unravel the mysteries of the once-great civilizations that built them. Don your explorer's cap, polish up your trident and rustle up your spirit of adventure! Pack all that you'll need, but only what you can carry on your back and join us this night as we rebuild The Lost City!
Keep your eye on these communication channels for forthcoming announcements that will include a call for general event volunteers, calls for art, music and performance and more.
Yours in adventure,
The 2014 Boston Decompression Planning Committee