See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chasing the Dragon!

Posted By on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM

A few years back, we did a profile of Ryan Doyle, the creator of “Gon-KiRin,” a giant dragon. The beast is 22-1/2 feet tall and about 80 feet long, weighing in at 8 tons. It’s an “art car,” built onto the frame of an old Dodge W-300 Power Wagon with a 318 engine. There’s a 1,500-pound second-story DJ booth encased in steel wicker, mounted on a Marine Zodiac attack boat under the monster’s spine. The whole contraption can carry more than a dozen riders, with seats in the mouth and in a party couch on the back, where riders can make the tail sway back and forth. Hydraulic systems bring the front of it to life, and the driver can use a fire system to shoot flames from the fearsome creature’s mouth.

Two years ago, he and a group of artists who’ve come to Detroit from around the country held a party to celebrate the end of the world as predicted by Christian broadcaster Harold Camping. That party was a blast, at least what we can remember of it.

The reason we bring it up? They’re doing it again. This time, it’s loosely keyed to another momentous event: plans to colonize Mars. Of course, really, it’s just a raucous fundraiser aimed at getting the dragon out to Grand Rapids for the ArtPrize competition. (It can cost a great deal of money to disassemble the big guy for shipping, re-assembly, and final breakdown and re-shipping.) Partygoers can expect to see the dragon (naturally), a jet-powered whirligig called the Regurgitator that spins in circles fast enough to give riders 5 G’s. The revelry will also feature DJs, live music and other fun. For a $10 suggested donation, it will be the livest party in town. It starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, in a large, outdoor lot on the corner of Lincoln Street (Trumbull Street) and Marquette Avenue, in Detroit’s New Center area.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit