2014’s Temple will be known as “The Temple of Descendants”. They are keeping the design a secret until we all see it on the Playa, but you can catch a glimpse of the concept here (if you agree not to reproduce the image).
The Honorarium Grant does not cover the construction cost of the Temple (not even close), so Burners are asked to donate to the project to make this happen. The rest of the 2014 Honorarium grants will be announced “soon”.
My own thoughts on this year’s temple started with experiences within trees and impressions of the space made by trees…If you need a place to let something go, to consider the events of your life and move on, console friends, share your thoughts or to make a commitment to another person……this temple is for you.
An Honorarium Art Grant from Burning Man only provides for a portion of what it takes to create of the piece. Thousands of hours by volunteers form the work, but a significant amount of funds must be raised from those who understand what these temples can do. This Temple needs your help now. We are designing, engineering, building mock ups, starting the pre-build…… and quite simply, the Honorarium Art Grant is not sufficient to make this happen. This place is important, and we need your help.
The idea of constructing this to consider our descendants, when we are going to burn it to nothingness after a week of partying, seems rather bizarre to me. “Consider our descendants, by building something we use only for ourselves then destroy so that they will never see”. Sure, one day our descendants might search for photos of this temporary structure on Google Images…only to find they can’t use the photos their grandparents took to commemorate the occasion, as BMOrg owns them for all time.
The essence of this year’s Temple design is a longhouse, with a line of the floor which becomes a giant altar, so many Burners can worship at once – whatever chaotic form of drug-fuelled worship that may be. The structure seems more “Vikings” than “camels”.
Our community is large, diverse and at times needs places to express, release and receive emotion. The temple is one location; it should attempt to provide a place for thousands of experiences. There is grieving. There is recognition. Some take the time to make a commitment to one person. Many people go to the temple to be deliberately and profoundly alone within a very crowded place; they are there not for interaction but simply to be within their community, by themselves.
For now, they’re keeping further details of the design under wraps:
As many of you have likely experienced on the playa, it can be much more powerful to come up on an art piece or event when you have no image of before it is in front of you. Sometimes it is staggering and sometimes it is the smallest part of a detail. Maybe you did not have a camera and had to describe it to your friends when you returned to camp; you could tell a story and draw in the dust, but no number words to really describe it, as it was an experience. As your story trails off, you pause and say: “Aurgh! I shouldn’t have even tried to explain it……you’ll just have to go experience it for yourself!”
As I sketched and modeled this temple over the last year and a half I thought constantly about the difference between my tools to develop the design and the individual participant’s experience. These are two very different processes and it needed to be carefully considered. Tools to design can easily become tools of presentation that dilute the actual experience. I recognize that some members of the community want their first impression to be on the playa such that they “stop looking at anything Burning Man” from about January of each year. Others have a strong need to know something more or have something in hand, as they are already planning to use the Temple in some special way this year. An image of a small portion of the surface is in the pdf below. If you elect to download this image we request that you respect the numerous other members of the community that have elected to save their experience until later.