The Picture Frame of Dorian Gray


Special Thanks

I would have been unable to make this piece without you: 

David --for your incredible wood and teachings.
Nikolai --for before playa painting afternoons and more....
Richard --for building the frame. Craig --for lending me your personal nail gun when all other guns failed.

Matt --for the after hours generator. Mark --for shipping my wood to the playa and Others I have forgotten, thank you again.

Materials: Ornate lathed wood, plaster of Paris, rope, wire, insulating foam

Tools: Nail gun, compressor, table saw, molten black paint, rollers, brushes

The Picture Frame of Dorian Gray stood over 10' tall and was made from 95% recycled wood materials left over after building the SF Hayes Green Temple (--designed by David Best and built by the Temple Crew).

"When they entered, they found hanging upon the wall a splendid portrait of their master as they had last seen him, in all the wonder of his exquisite youth and beauty. Lying on the floor was a dead man, in evening dress, with a knife in his heart. He was withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage. It was not till they had examined the rings that they recognized who it was." - Oscar Wilde

"Stand inside the Gothic picture frame and imagine the self you want to be (but aren't), the self you want to repudiate (but are), the self you can't imagine (but might be)". During Burningman 2005, visitors to the Picture Frame of Dorian Gray were invited to write on the privacy of the dark wood all that they desired to give away and transform. This artwork was given away to fire.....

Maureen stands inside the picture frame.

Maureen inside the frame.

Possible Bio & Health Hazards:  Greatest health risk to working with recycled materials if gluing is required, can be from the prolonged inhalation of fumes or of skin absorption from silicone caulking, other glues, spray paints, mineral spirits, etc.  Wear a double respirator with proper cartridges and filters.  Also, extreme safety is required when using nail guns.  Always wear goggles.  Exercise caution, wear gloves or rub in hand sealants, be well ventilated and dispose of all used materials with Green in mind, taking all such empty cans, used rags etc, to the toxic recycle areas of your local dump.  This helps keep this nasty stuff out of the water shed.  Work to perfect your skills to use less.


 Thanks to for the flames!

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