Thanks for your responses, and thank you to those from whom I have received lovely emails.
Since you seem curious, the DMV actually did have quite an issue with the visibility of the truck and the flatbad. They gave us a special dispensation, because they were impressed that a first-year lead artist, working with a first-year crew and a first-year camp, brought out a 18,000 ton, custom-welded, two-story climbable heart with a rotating DJ booth, all equipped with 210 individually controlled LED bars programming 7,000 lights through microprocessors. We were (and continue to be) grateful to the DMV, because the COIL was the result of half a year's (literal) round the clock work and several years of dreaming.
The DMV didn't give us the dispensation cost-free, however. They denied our permit, but suggested that we go back to camp and spend the next 24 hours doing everything in our power to cover the vehicle and flatbed. This meant that the HeArt Car crew gifted yet another day (it was Wednesday evening at this point) of their Burn to holding the vision, scavanging for scrap material, and working in the dust, and to them we are also greatful.
One of the reasons we're exploring support to bring the art car back is that we need to make modifications before its second Burn, among those modification being a massive upgrade to the lighting system, and a redesign of the truck and flatbed system.
Thank you for reminding us of these critical improvements. I continue to welcome resposes, email, and photos.
The COIL at night: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nbraziel/4191420414/in/set-72157623015044730?edited=1