See the art of Burning Man 2022, from a 40-foot steel goddess to a temple that transports viewers to “crystalline timelines”

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For the first time in three years, Burning Man is back, drawing some 80,000 expected spectators to the remote desert of Black Rock, Nevada, for a week-long spectacle of art, music and, yes, fire. .

In exchange for braving the swirling alkaline dust and temperatures expected to soar to 105 degrees this weekend, guests will be treated to a record 88 official Burning Work artworks. While 52 of the projects carried over from 2020 were eventually made, the gathering opted to fund 15 more creators than a normal year.

Photos of the art can be slow to arrive from the remote case due to poor internet connectivity, but we have managed to collect some of the stunning sculptures and installations currently on display in the arid desert landscape.

empyrean temple by Laurence Renzo Verbeck

The Burning Man Temple has been a staple of the gathering since 2000, serving as a memorial to the dead and set on fire at the end of the event. This year’s temple was designed in the shape of a compass rose and was built offsite in the outdoor sculpture garden of Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, California, before being transported to the desert. . The word empyrean means “relating to heaven or heaven,” and the temple, which is illuminated with colored lights at dusk, features a latticework pattern of paving and a hanging lantern flame at its peak.

Paradise by Dave Keane and the Folly Builders

This is Dave Keane’s sequel to madnesshis 2019 settlement of an abandoned village where the fishing and mining industries had dried up. Paradise is envisaged as a forest of 27 trees from the ashes of madness, and actually incorporates burnt wood from the Santa Cruz Lighting Complex fire. After years of working on the Burning Man temples where $200,000 worth of virgin wood would be set on fire after just one week, Keane uses mostly salvaged and salvaged materials on his durable builds – and he chooses not to burn this year’s piece. in the hope of exposing the geometric grove in the future.

1:44 Interdimensional space-time by Harlan Emil and Maraya

This 12-step pyramid mimicking the proportions of Chichen Itza, topped with intersecting arches that promise to transport viewers to “higher dimensional crystalline timelines”, appeals to Burners’ hippie sensibility. The piece, which features glowing LED lights and live and recorded musical components, is envisioned as a sacred geometric portal. The creators plan to bring it to Art Basel Miami Beach and Area 15 in Las Vegas.

Point of view Designed by sydney

Yelena Filipchuk, who with Serge Beaulieu forms half of the Hybycozo artist collective, pays homage to her native Ukraine in the duo’s Burning Man 2022 installation, which incorporates traditional embroidery patterns. The smallest of the three sculptures in the installation rotates and the work is illuminated at night, casting dramatic kinetic shadows over the desert playa. The artists hope to sell the works and donate part of the proceeds to charities such as United Help Ukraine.

Gaia by Marco Cochrane and Julia Whitelaw

This giant depiction of the Goddess Gaia by husband and wife team Marco Cochrane and Julia Whitelaw is made from stainless steel rods covered with stainless steel mesh and LED lights. It’s “inspired by and in honor of nurturing energy…mother energy…love and connection: and the joy we feel when we act on the imperative to care for each other and of our planet,” the artists write on their website.

the last ocean and Ursa Minor by Jen Lewin Studio

Inspired by photographs from John Weller’s 2013 book The Last Ocean: Antarctica’s Ross Sea Project: Saving Earth’s Most Pristine EcosystemJen Lewin’s interactive sculpture the last ocean is made from recycled ocean plastic collected, cleaned and processed by Ocean Plastic Technologies in Durban, South Africa. (American plastic manufacturers told Lewin his vision could never come true.) Ursa Minora large polar bear sculpture, overlooks the large fractured ice field, which is integrated with LED technology to make it glow at night.

Circle of Doors Tarot by Anne Staveley and Jill Sutherland

This installation of 22 doors arranged in a circle, intended to represent a tarot deck coming to life, was first staged at Burning Man in 2014. The sculpture accompanies a 78-card tarot deck featuring portraits of women embodying various female archetypes: witches, young girls, mothers and old women. Photographers Anne Staveley and Jill Sutherland have turned the series into an interactive experience that its creators hope to tap into the divine.

A temple of masks by Jason Gronlund

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Jason Gronlund, A temple of masks at Burning Man 2022. Photo courtesy of the artist.

For his first official Burning Man project, Mexican artist Jason Gronlund has built a tower of masks that doubles as a temple of sorts. “Not a church, but a multidimensional portal that has recorded the various disguises used by beings across the multiverse,” he told Artnet News in an email. “In this place, we can be who we really are: shrouded in mystery.”

Burning Man plays in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada from August 28 to September 5, 2022.

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