Great news! We've added a new reward. Donate $250 or higher and you will be sent this limited edition Temple of Promise Medallion (see photo). Intricately hand-crafted by master jeweler Tzipora Hoynik out of hand-poured metal with a wooden inlaid, as well as bas-relief, tree carved from salvaged Temple wood scraps by Monica Wu. This 2 inch in diameter, 1.7 ounce collectible is signed and numbered. Only 100 were made in the first run and they are all gone but we are making an additional 25 for Art for Trees. LAST CHANCE – to own this treasure so please act fast by making a donation – or increasing the donation you already made.
Our trucks have left, our warehouse build site in Alameda has been emptied, we've got about 50 people on playa to start building. This is an exciting day. We will post pictures as they come in from playa.
And to answer the question on everyone's mind - Do you still need more money? Well, there's always a need for just a little bit more (the two extra trucks we had to rent, the tools to build on playa, the expense of running a camp on playa for two build weeks). We welcome any donations.
Thank you generous donors! We hit our goal! But alas, this project requires much more than the $15000 we sought in the campaign. Help us get to $20,000 before we leave for playa so we can come home dusty and not in debt?
The Temple of Promise Altar Grove
Trees stand as symbols for many aspects of life; strength, breath, beauty, comfort, longevity, the list goes on. This year’s Temple for Burning Man will be the first to incorporate the solace that can only be found in an intimate grove of trees. Ranging from 15 to 17 feet in height these complex organic forms are reminiscent of willow trees. Through the ages, willow trees have symbolized loss, along with the hope of future revival and flexibility to withstand life’s trials. In nature, willows are always found near bodies of fresh water. On playa, our community will be the wellspring that sustains our Grove.
The Grove will stand as the central altar space of the Temple of Promise - three welded steel trees - trees of Remembrance, Reconciliation, and The Unrequited. Throughout the week, citizens of Black Rock City will write their messages to the Temple on strips of cloth and attach them to the branches, foliating our trees with each passing day.
These messages will be released to ash on Sunday when the Temple of Promise burns, but the trees will remain. The enduring strength of the steel means that for the first time in Burning Man history, a significant portion of a Temple will live on. Just as a forest is not completely destroyed after a fire, the Temple of Promise Grove will be reborn.
Why We Need Your Help
The Temple is first and foremost a gift to the community from the community. The Burning Man organization provides the event, the Man, and the principles that bring our community together. Together, we provide the art, entertainment, hospitality, human connection, and the sacred space that is the Temple. As participants, we are responsible for finding the financial means to make it real. We know that many of you have a special place in your heart for the Temple and we are asking for your assistance this year in bringing this Temple to Black Rock City.
The cost of the materials and transport of the trees will be approximately $50,000. The skill, dedication, and perseverance needed to make them a reality is impossible to measure. Lead welder/artist Kevin Byall and his team have been working tirelessly for 3 months and counting at our space in American Steel in Oakland.
What will happen after the burn?
After the Temple burns, the grove trees will rise from the ash, standing majestically after the structure is released. Once Black Rock City is returned to the dust, these trees will need a permanent home. Acquirable individually or together, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Kevin Byall is an award winning sculptor and model maker working in steel, wood, stone, and computer graphics. Whether working in traditional media or exploring new material, his art reveals balance in flow and form, beckoning to be touched. Some of his work is sublimely humorous, but he always seeks to explore unusual perspectives of ordinary objects, implementing radical approaches in texture and size relationships.
Byall is no stranger to large art projects. He worked as Lead Artist and Designer in conjunction with Karen Cusalito’s Infinitarium installation which led to the creation of a 2 ton metal dandelion sculpture with fire effects. He said of the experience: “[It] allowed me to further explore my fascination with scale and work at an even larger level. You really are operating at another level when cranes and other heavy machinery are vital to the process. It is both invigorating and humbling.” Examples of his work can be seen at https://stopby.see.me.
Risks and challenges
We are completing the work on the trees. Our biggest challenge is closing our budget shortfall so we can bring them to playa.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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