Explore the Depths

The sea is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.

Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Mobilis in Mobili

The Nautilus desert submarine is a massive and mobile vision of Captain Nemo's famous vessel. The large-scale art installation was conceived by Christopher Bently, and built in the Bay Area by the crew of Five Ton Crane. The Latin above is the motto from Verne's original Nautilus. It means moving within the moving element — an appropriate slogan for a vehicle that has transcended the ocean and now sails in desert winds.

This machine can be found prowling its familiar haunts on the Playa at Burning Man where it races in desert regattas, fends off squid attacks with its harpoon water cannon, or lurks becalmed while its crew relaxes in Victorian-era style below decks.

Learn more soon about this marvel of steampunk design and engineering, as well as its intrepid crew and the artists who built it.

Tech Specs
Harpoon gun water cannon
Linear actuated steering ram
Brass Aperture Doors
9000 pounds of steel
Top speed of 13 MPH
Specimen Lab
Navigation Room
Night vision periscope