Building art on the playa can be a real challenge at Burning Man. I was lucky to have so many friends’ help in creating this art installation in Black Rock City, This video was taken by Tom O – his unique perspective and the time lapse photography work together to capture what happened there over three days of assembly … and then there are selected images running through to the burn! (Music selected by Tom, btw.) Dozens of people are running in and out of the screen at any given moment of the build-stage, and you can see all the action on the video. Thanks to Gordy for recruiting such an awesome team, and to Camp Titicaca for all their love and support. Enjoy!
“Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one.” -Albert Einstein
BIG NEWS! As many know, I have a goal of bring the Life Cube to cities and creating urban installations. Today we received an email asking us to present next steps and a solid plan that can be executed for an installation in a major US City. I am very excited by this event! The Life Cube out into the real world?! (I am not saying that Black Rock City is not “the real world”, but…). Anyway, this could be the beginning of long journey. Thanks all for your notes, emails, and calls. Your support, encouragement, and participation is awesome and greatly appreciated.
I am heading to Downtown Las Vegas to explore the community and get a handle on the vibe & the art scene. I have a dream to redesign and adapt the Life Cube concept from its Playa incarnation for similar installations in urban settings and museums around the world. This is the beginning of what I hope to be a lifetime journey. Wish me luck!
Last year there were over 100 people that helped with design, pre-playa build, playa construction, burn, and clean-up. There were over 600 supporters that donated money to our project (many who never heard of Burning Man but wanted to offer support to the art), and 1000s celebrated the burning of The Life Cube at Burning Man in Black Rock City. There were tons of photographs taken by friends. We sent out picture books to the financial backers of The Life Cube at Burning Man and thought I would share. If you would like a copy of the book, feel free to email or contact me on Facebook.
After a huge amount of work, research, writing, and support from friends and colleagues, we submitted the proposal to create ENVISION: The Life Cube to Burning Man today.
This year’s vision demonstrates my growth and metamorphosis as an artist, and also reflects the dedication of a new professional member of the Life Cube team: Kevin Pellón, principal/founder of DSB+ Architects/Interiors. Kevin has already begun working with our team of master carpenters, lighting engineers, graphic designers, photographers, fire fighters and many more. Together, their contributions have enabled us to pursue and to realize a more interactive, engaging and ambitious project. Once again Gordy, Christian, Mark, JT and Trevor have all offered to help make The Life Cube a huge success. I am also so grateful to Maria who facilitated introductions to Jeff Schomberg & Stu D’Alessandro who provided terrific guidance from their experience in working with artists and creating their own significant art installations in Black Rock City.
Further, we are tremendously lucky and proud to have the enthusiastic support of the greater Burning Man community, centered around and expanding from the sixty-plus members of Camp Titicaca, who have adopted the Life Cube project as the major part of their aesthetic contribution to the ethos of Burning Man. Last, I thank my lucky stars for Madeleine’s help. There is no way that we could have come this far without her support and writing, re-writing, editing, and at times making sure I did not stray too far from my mission. It is a BIG job to help take what is in my brain and get it down on paper so that others can understand and appreciate it. (smile)
Now we wait…hoping that Burning Man’s Art Grant Committee, which evaluates as many as 400+ proposals, will find our project worthy of consideration for partial funding. Wish us luck.
Burning Man 2013 in Black Rock City. We are working on proposed installation for BM2013 and will be posting drawings, diagrams, images, and videos as part of the proposal. Clicking on this image will take you to 20 second video of 3D rendering.