The Temple 2012 - Building Momentum on Fertile Ground
We would like to thank those who supported our first Kickstarter fundraiser. We have surpassed our initial goal because of your generosity. We're on our way, but have a few more Olympic size financial hurdles to pole vault over. Although we've raised over $30,000 in the last two months, yet we've still got about $20,000 to go!
Its continued success is due to your commitment and generosity.
We have instituted this second Kickstarter to fund some operational costs that were not covered by our previous fundraising efforts. The Temple will be large in structure—50 x 50 feet at the base—with a height of approximately 90 feet, therefore it must be stabilized and secured by additional materials. These essential elements are expensive, but paramount to its safety. This last request will also help fund the specialized wood cutting and the many semi-trucks needed to transport the tons of wood and equipment to the playa.
The All Volunteer Temple Crew has been hard at work—sometimes 7 days a week—at the building site in Windsor. Much has already been accomplished toward creating a beautiful, inspirational temple that will grace the playa; it will be an exquisite space for reflection and growth. Significant parts of the Temple as well the expansive wall enclosing it have been built. Thousands of small uniquely shaped pieces of wood have been organized and are beginning to be crafted into intricate forms that will adorn the Temple and wall.
We are committed to creating The Temple for everyone and your donations will make it happen! With true appreciation and thank you for allowing us to share our story.
A debt of gratitude goes to freerunpictures.com for the constant support and their moving pictures....
The Temple 2012 @ Burning Man
In the midst of the Black Rock Desert where art intersects life, each year the Temple is the emotional centerpiece of Burning Man. Erected solely for, and burned at the event, it is a spiritual refuge where thousands gather to reflect and to mourn their loss. The Temple is a unique, special work of art given to the community for all to engage in their own way. Marriages are made; love, refuge and deliverance are found. The ritualistic, silent and solemn Temple Burn on the final night of Burning Man is indeed a rare and unforgettable experience.
"We are honored to create a temple which we believe will address those community needs."- David Best
The Temple will be in David Best's classic style, that the community has come to appreciate. A stunningly exquisite temple set within a walled courtyard will afford numerous contemplative spaces for reflection and private meditation. A sacred environment to share. Somewhat smaller than recent temples, this will be the most detailed temple Best and his Temple Crew have ever built. Intricately cut wooden panels will cover the courtyard walls, interior space and altars.
"Burning Man's concept is to blend life and art so you can't tell the difference," said Larry Harvey, the festival's founder and director. "We want you to interact not only with art, but with the society that convenes art around itself. The [Temples are] just that...David had people out there, thousands of people mourning in the most sincere way."
The tradition of The Temple at Burning Man was started by David Best, who along with The Temple Crew return this year to build. Please see our past work: http://www.thetemplecrew.org/index.html
There are many ways to contribute, and we absolutely rely on and truly appreciate your generosity to make the temple become a reality in 2012. Our first kickstarter will help to pay for materials for the Temple.
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT.
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