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.

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.


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.


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.

About The Life Cube Project

The Life Cube creates electrifying public installations emphasizing interactive and collaborative art. Its dual mission connects art with community, and inspires participants to articulate and share their goals and dreams. This project encourages participants to look at their past, engage in the present, and set goals for the future. It is based on the artist’s belief that if you write down what you want to accomplish in life, the chances of attaining it is much, much higher! Tens of thousands of "Cube-ists" have already been positively impacted by their experience with the Life Cube Project, at Burning Man, in downtown Las Vegas and beyond. We're in the planning stages to bring the Life Cube Project to cities and arts festivals across the country and around the world! At each installation, local volunteers, teachers and school children, artists, builders, performers and other visionaries interact with the Cube every hour of every day. Its exterior, which incorporates many writeable and climbable surfaces, is a constantly changing swirl of painted murals, drawings, and handwritten messages contributed by the community. The Cube is brilliantly illuminated at night, attracting nocturnal artists and celebrants attracted by the colorful light show, with spots and lasers serving as a beacon in the evening skies. The Life Cube encourages the expression of goals, wishes, dreams, and aspirations in mural art, on wish-stick postcards, and with personal inscriptions on message boards. On selected evenings and weekends, area musicians and entertainers perform, culminating in a special closing event that gathers thousands of residents and visitors in a magical community celebration. At the end of the installation, in a spectacular fiery ceremony, the Cube and all of the gathered wishes are burned together and sent up into the Universe in a sacred shower of sparks and flame. Since 2010, the Life Cube Project has inspired over a thousand donors to contribute funds supporting the project, and even more have given of their time, talent and spirit. We're grateful for your support, as we hope to bring the Life Cube Project to more communities of artists and dreamers in days to come!
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