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A large scale immersive art installation to be built in the Nevada desert at Burning Man 2012

The Desert Forest is an interactive and immersive art installation to be built first in New York and then in the Nevada Desert at Burning Man 2012.  The installation will cover 2,500 square feet of the open Playa, providing a large-scale dream-like multi-sensory experience.  The forest will be constructed out of plastic, faux fur, and a variety of light and sound elements.  The forest will have various “clearings”, alluding to nature and organic environments, providing natural points for groups to gather and interact in a whimsical and restorative environment.  

A goal of the forest, besides its aesthetic beauty, is to transform the visitor's state of mind: to provide a reprieve from the commonplace and induce an enchanted, dream-like perspective. Forest visitors will, no doubt, experience deep relaxation, meditation, a place of inspiration, and childlike playfulness among many other positive experiences.  

(Forest interior at night)
(Forest interior at night)

Materials

In material terms, the forest is comprised of the following relatively simple elements:
  • Leaves – 4 inch wide strips of white plastic suspended from a net hung 7 feet high.
  • Brush – 3 inches of foam covered in white faux fur.
  • Light – LEDs in the perimeter and floor and abstract moving images projected onto the leaves.
  • Sound – the sound system will play ambient music and nature sounds and will be adaptable for a live music set.
  • Shelter – outer modular walls of wood and plastic to protect the forest from Playa sand storms.

Kickstarter is our primary fundraising tool, and among the many materials we need to purchase and to transport to the Nevada Desert are: 2,500 square feet of 3 inch foam, 2,500 square feet of white faux fur, 35,000 square feet of 4 inch white plastic, 15,000 linear feet of rope for the canopy, and various lighting and sound equipment. In addition, we need to feed and shelter a crew of 10 volunteers who have committed several weeks of their time to build the installation. 

The Brooklyn Forest

Not going to Burning Man but wish to experience the Forest?  No problem!  The Desert Forest will first be built in its entirety at an amazing location in Brooklyn, NY.  The Brooklyn Forest opens on June 1, first as part of the Bushwick Open Studios, and then for other events throughout June.  Please come visit us and see the fruits of your contributions!

(blustery fun in the Brooklyn Forest)
(blustery fun in the Brooklyn Forest)

Afterwards, The Desert Forest will be disassembled and shipped to be rebuilt in the Nevada desert for Burning Man 2012.  

Stay tuned!

Please stay tuned for updates on our progress and event announcements to experience this magical wonderland in a city setting!  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter or our Website

Most importantly, THANK YOU so very much for all your help and support!!!

(Forest prototype being built)

(visitors to the Forest prototype)

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