Imagine the Tree of Life meets the River Styx standing brilliantly in the desert shimmering with 5 branches each holding a small flame.
Connecting all forms of creation evolved and inspired with the elements that gave them food, energy and faith. It is symbolic of the beginning to life lived and renewal.
Imagine the Tree of Life meets the River Styx standing brilliantly in the desert shimmering with 5 branches, each holding a small flame in a tall glass chimney, surrounded by sparkling leaves. Standing 22 feet tall, this beautiful monochromatic tree will shimmer in the glowing light from the 5 flames; one on each limb. (After burning man the flames may be removed and fitted with electrical lighting unless otherwise)
The final construction will result in an art piece with a lot of texture and it will use light in a lot of ways to amplify the concept, either by the light generated by the piece itself of from any natural ambient light. The orientation and acoustics of the project is based on a lot of religious and spiritual elements but gives the visitor the ability to take away anything they need from it.
Theme of the Project There are a lot of spiritual elements combined in this tree, none of which are primarily from a single religion. Since faith is a rite unto itself the perceived meaning is relevant to the individual experiencing the piece.
The tree represents a human connection to nature. In mythology the Tree of Life concept has various origins in cultures all over the world; the start of life, knowledge or even a basic desire to understand where we were coming from. And then for many death represented by the boat is less seen as a finality but a transition into a new life or even a higher plain of existence.
The boat in the water represents the Ferry Man who transported the dead to the underworld, but in this case the boat carries one through the arch from the old to the new. One additionally interesting factor for anyone who might make a note of it, though it is not specifically demonstrated in the overall construction, the sculpture maintains all 5 elements of nature; earth, water, air, fire and spirit.
No, this will be constructed out of re purposed metal for the most part and glass. It will be toured through the summer, for which we need help financially, and then after Burning Man we have a plan to work with Black Rock Arts Foundation for find a home for it in Henderson or Las Vegas.
No! This is for everyone. It is a spiritually based piece meant to inspire meditation and inner reflection. Yes, when it is done and done right it will be that amazing.
The height will finish at 22' feet tall with a footprint of 12' diameter. The required space will be 25 foot diameter when shown with flames and in wide areas.
Yes, thought the summer ultimately culminating at Burning Man, the plan is each branch will have a flame on the end inside a 3' tall glass chimney. An air compressor will allow for air to cause small tornados in each glass tube. This is a wish item once we achieve maximum potential funding.
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