jaygo - that couch is really great. i am sorry to hear of your troubles, but happy to read now that it just might make it out to the playa. i for one would love to see it/ride it/laugh at it. it looks comfy too.
as for artistic merit, it's subtle and brilliant at the same time! great concept. the couch is a staple of every house in america, and also a big symbol of being passive, removed, bored, needing to be entertained, and just commenting and observing (a couch potato is sort of the antithesis of a burner in my book). so to motorize a plain couch and then drive it around the playa is some pretty delicious irony. 'lack of decoration' is irrelevant - it's a motorized couch! simple & perfect. i feel a bit of the reactions you are getting are a little harsh and judgemental (sort of a 'been there, seen that' reaction that to me doesn't fit). regardless of whether it's been done before, it's a couch ... motorized ... driving around ... at burning man. that's good stuff! to be told to add more decorations is a bit subjective and pretty ironic in itself. my only guess is that whoever was reviewing your dmv submission was particularly jaded that day and dismissed your couch without much consideration of it's great concept. as an active burner & passive couch potato i dig it. i hope it makes it!!
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