annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical
self-expression and radical self-reliance.",,
Link to Burning Man 2007
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A Burner since 1994, it was in 2004 that I joined a large
crew in April and found myself on the playa for 21 days, from August
16 to September 7. As part of the Temple Crew, I worked on a massive
art project helping to build David Best's Temple of Stars. My biggest
contribution was the design and creation of the T-lanterns. They were made
from over 9,000 pieces of scrap wood that resembled the letter "T" and
in some ways, the font "Times New Roman". Once assembled, they looked
like wisteria flowers. I also managed the assembly line as we built over
300 of this particular embellishment among others. The lanterns
graced the Temple of Stars which stood over 118' tall and was a
quarter mile long. With the help of Jody,
I built two special T-Lanterns, one was placed at the very top of the spire,
and the other as seen in the image below, was placed in the center altar (under
Thousands upon thousands of people wrote
their prayers and attached their sacred mementos/objects to the Temple and
when it burned, the smoke carried their prayers to the heavens.
I consider becoming part of the Temple
Crew in 2004 one of the greatest times of my life. Getting to know
David Best and working with him on numerous projects in 2005 was
incredible. To have a mentor of that caliber, well it doesn't get
any better than that. Also, the Temple Crew Rocks! Amazing
people. Here is a photo record of the journey:
In 2005 I helped build three Temples. Two by David Best, the "Chapel
of the Laborer" in San Rafael, and the "Hayes Green Temple" in
San Francisco. The third was designed by Mark Grieve, the "Temple of Dreams",
Black Rock City during Burning Man.
My words are unable to do justice to the amazing entity that is Burning Man
and the Black Rock Arts Foundation. So many people think Burning Man is about
sex and drugs; those people are clueless. Spend a few hours inside:
Also, go to Google Maps, type in "Gerlach, NV", satellite the image,
then pan to the right to see an arial view of the grid that guides us
in Black Rock City.
Burning Life--Sept. 16, 2006!