The Life Cube Project is an interactive community art installation created by Scott Cohen (skeeter). The first Life Cube was built at Burning Man in 2011. Since then, the concept has evolved to include opportunities for the community to express themselves, create, and showcase their art. The mission of The Life Cube Project is to get people to write down their goals, wishes, dreams, and aspirations with the belief that there is a better chance of achieving them.

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Together We Rise, a Burning Man NYC Benefit and Social Event

I had the opportunity to represent The Life Cube Project at Together We Rise, a Burning Man NYC Benefit and Social event produced by BABËL New York on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

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We set up a table with five beautiful photo prints created by LuxLab; a mini Life Cube for visitors to write and draw on; and many wish-sticks for people to put their hopes, wishes, and dreams on! Full of Burning Man folks and others interested in art, the event was such a wonderful opportunity to spread the Life Cube’s message and meet many interesting new people.

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For more photos, visit the Life Cube’s Facebook page.

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Gay Icon Kristine W Releases Music Video Featuring the Life Cube

The Life Cube Project was recently featured in a music video released by Kristine W, an icon within the gay and lesbian community. The song, titled “Love Come Home,” was inspired by the singer’s reflection on troops currently fighting overseas. She chose to film part of her music video at the Downtown Las Vegas Life Cube as it promoted growth, prosperity, community, and creativity; which brought people together and inspired them well after the Cube was gone.

“I traveled the country on tour this summer and I couldn’t help but notice how people are getting back to basics,” she says. “They’re valuing home and family more than ever before.”

It’s why she chose to include her daughter, Elizabeth, in the song’s music video. Elizabeth is seen in the beginning, writing her wishes for the future on a piece of paper and placing it in The Life Cube, an art installation created by Scott Cohen, one of the forces behind the Burning Man event, who also makes a cameo in the music video.

A cube is built in a run-down area of town. The idea is for people in the community to visit the cube, paint and draw on it and place wishes into the slots cut into the side of the cube. After a year, the cube is burnt to the ground and a new cube is built in another dilapidated area that needs love.

“The cube in the ‘Love Come Home’ video was built in an old parking lot on the far eastside of Freemont Street in Las Vegas,” Kristine W says. “We shot the ‘So Close To Me’ video in the same lot right before the cube appeared. At the time, there were crumbling buildings all around and garbage piled high. A year and a half later, the area is flourishing with activity once again, all thanks to the cube.”

Read the full article here.

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The Journey from Burning Man to Downtown Las Vegas – The Life Cube Project Photo Book

Our first hardcopy of The Life Cube Project photo book has arrived! It has been quite a journey over the last three months to put this together, but getting to hold the book and turn its pages has made it all worthwhile.

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The still-sealed copy of the book, moments after it arrived from Blurb.

While we still have some work cut out for us before we are able to send the final version of the book to donors and volunteers — including making final edits and investigating alternative publishers to deliver high-quality and cost-efficient copies — we are happy to share that we are quickly approaching the end of the voyage that has been creating this photo book from scratch.

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Scott and Kat, all smiles, flipping through the book for the first time.

What started out as a 40-page book unexpectedly grew into a 12″ x 12″ 75-page, full color coffee table book. Through the generous donations from over 30 professional photographers and numerous friends, we were able to include over 150 stunning photos as well as carefully written text on the journey of The Life Cube from Burning Man to Downtown Las Vegas.

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Kat, the creator and designer of The Life Cube Project photo book.

Collecting the photographs for the book was an arduous task. We contacted dozens of photographers who documented The Life Cube in DTLV as well as friends who visited the Cube and attended the burn. Once we mentioned we were creating the book on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and this blog; people reached out and eagerly sent in their own photos and artistic interpretations of their experiences at The Life Cube. Thousands of photos streamed in for weeks.

As the photos were being collected, the time came to carefully select which ones were to be included in The Life Cube photo book. And when thousands were cut down to only a few hundred, then came the mission of editing each image. After we selected a self-publisher (Blurb) to create our photo book with, we began constructing the layout and design. More photos were removed, added, and edited. Chapters began to take shape, and we embarked on the task of writing, re-writing, and proofreading text for each section of the book. Eventually, everything came together beautifully, and we were left with something we were proud of.

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Cover photo by Justin Tyler Gines.

Months of hard work and dedication have gone into the creation and production of The Life Cube Project photo book. We are eager to finalize its pages, send it to the publisher, and share it with our supporters.

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The Life Cube Project Featured in Reno Airport Exhibit

The Life Cube Project is currently being featured in an exhibit at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Nevada. The exhibit, “Burning Man: Igniting Nevada’s Creative Fire”, is open from August 4 to October 20, 2014.

As Burning Man becomes more and more an ingrained part of Nevada’s culture, we are seeing an increase in its presence outside of the world on the playa. “Burning Man: Igniting Nevada’s Creative Fire” features stunning photography of the art that has been constructed, worked on, and placed in different parts of Nevada by Burning Man artists and participants. The Reno Airport exhibit provides a unique glimpse into the lives of those affected by Burning Man as well as a look at the art, community, and stories that have come from it.

The Life Cube Project can be seen in the following photos, taken by our dear friend Tigger, who helped make the Life Cube possible. She has been a Cube-ist from the beginning and an immense help before the Life Cube even became an installation at Burning Man in 2011. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Downtown Project in Las Vegas as well as Maria Partridge and Elizabeth “Bettie June” Scarborough who curated this exhibit and chose to include The Life Cube Project.

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To read the exhibit’s text on the Life Cube, click here. For more information on the exhibit, please visit the Reno-Tahoe International Airport’s art and entertainment website.

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The Life Cube Featured in Venture Beat Article

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The Life Cube Project was recently featured in an article on VentureBeat.com, which discussed Burning Man and its allure to the tech elite who attend.

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has brought Burning Man art and events to his $300 million makeover of downtown Las Vegas. His organization, which aims to make the rundown downtown into a tech hub, supported a giant art sculpture, the Life Cube (pictured above), which was covered in art from the local community — then burned in a giant rave celebration.

“The hive switch got turned on by raves. It was a feeling of unity with the other people in the space, unity with the music and with one another,” Hsieh recently told Playboy Magazine. “That’s why I go to Burning Man. The art, especially at night, just puts you in a state of awe.”

To read the full article, click here!

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The Life Cube Project Water Bottles

The Life Cube Project water bottles have arrived! Complete with the Life Cube logo, a convenient handle, and BPA-free dishwasher-safe plastic… They’re the perfect way to stay hydrated and show your love for the Life Cube. We will begin shipping them very soon, so keep an eye out for a package in the mail!

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We hope everyone attending Burning Man this year has a great time!

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Thank You Life Cube! Excerpts from Notes, Comments, and Blogs Written During DTLV

The Life Cube Project touched many lives during its 69 days in downtown Las Vegas. The following images are just a sample of some of the “thank you” notes written over the course of the project. Whether they were handwritten letters, comments on Facebook or Twitter, or blogs posts about the Life Cube, each and every note was deeply appreciated!

Click the images for a closer look at some of the kind and wonderful words Cube-ists shared about the downtown Las Vegas Life Cube.

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