2015 Temple Design Revealed

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It’s the Temple of Promise. In the midst of a carnival of chumps, suckers, and rubes. Nestled within the 100-foot high Temple structure will be a very Bohemian grove of trees.

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Looks like it should provide great shelter in a dust storm, especially with that copper cowling. I think it will sound amazing from the inside.

From the Temple of Promise Facebook page:

The Dreamers Guild is a new collective of builders, artists, caretakers, and dreamers. We are honored that our first project as a team will be to build the Temple for Burning Man in 2015. Temple of Promise is brought to you by dreamers including:

  • Jazz Tigan: Artist/Designer
    Dan Swain: Architect
    Jason DeCook “Woodshop”: Build Lead
    Todd Evans: Project Manager
    April M. Jones: Communications Lead
    Gloria Beck: Volunteer Lead
    Douglas Smith and Jordan Rose: Architect Design Team
    Mark Day: Documentarian/Videographer
    Leori Gill: Bookkeeper, Photographer
    Scooter Wilson: Lighting Team
    Dylan Modell: Crew Support
    Communications and Fundraising Team: Dave Slater, Elaine Noble, Melissa Kirk, Sharma Hendel, more.
    Kevin Byall: Grove Lead
    Kenji Aragaki: Fire Pits Lead
    —————————————————————The Temple is a Journey
    Everyone who comes to Black Rock City is on a journey. We were inspired by the idea that the Temple could support, enrich, and deepen this journey through its very design. To this end, our offering first presents an immense skyward reaching spire but immediately invites you deeper, offering a transformative path as it gradually twists and tapers to an imminently human scale.

    The Temple Serves
    Our offering provides solemn spaces for individual contemplation as well as the
    capacity to accommodate larger gatherings of both remembrance and celebration. Traditions and rituals make the Temples of Burning Man truly singular – they are secular, ephemeral, and defined by the participation of their visitors. Our offering recognizes and cherishes these elements while seeking to interpret in a unique way.

    The Temple Listens
    The Burning Man community engages deeply with its Temple, coming to this place of sanctity with many different needs, carrying many different burdens. We view the Temple experience as a conversation with the space and feel the primary role of the Temple is not to speak but to listen. This guiding principle has been a touchstone informing every aspect of our design process.

Matthais Pliessnig’s designs inspired the Temple Crew

 From Voices of Burning Man:

For four years in a row, the temples of Black Rock City have been palatial, romantic, classical in design. Time’s up. Some members of the 2015 Temple crew worked on the enchantingly abstract, boundary-pushing Temple of Flux five years ago, and they have brought that same fluid, organic inspiration to this year’s design: the Temple of Promise.


The Temple of Promise is a guide. It’s a calming hand, and it’s a listening ear. Nestled in its center is a grove of trees. It’s no tower or pyramid or other such shape dictated by logic alone. It is no less a temple for its lifelike forms. It is more.

Scattered amidst the flow of the Temple area, wooden sculptures shaped like stones form a soft boundary. The tapering spiral of the main structure provides shelter and quiet. The lobed spire at its opening will tower 97 feet high. The tail of the building curls into a circle around the open-air grove, a container well suited for gatherings. The trees will be bare at the beginning of the week, but participants will leave their messages on strips of white cloth, which they will hang from the trees like the leaves of a weeping willow.


Here’s some of the previous work of this Temple Crew that members of this Temple Crew have participated in as part of other crews:

Image: Neil Girling/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Temple of Flux, 2010. Image: Neil Girling/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Trojan Horse, 2010. Image: Sharona Gott/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Trojan Horse, 2011. Image: Sharona Gott/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Image: The Tablehopper/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Anubis, 2012. Image: The Tablehopper/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Alien Siege Machine, 2014. Image: John Tock/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Alien Siege Machine, 2014. Image: John Tock/Flickr (Creative Commons)

20 comments on “2015 Temple Design Revealed

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  2. Well, let’s be clear. Swain led the structural architecture from mine and Douglas Bevans’ (TH) design. Gill was instrumental on fundraising on Anubis and TASM. As to leadership on those crews, no. To say that this temple has the core leadership of TH, An, TASM would be like saying Thomas Jefferson is currently in the House. This isn’t even a stretch of Abe Lincoln’s ax.

  3. That’s a very beautiful design, I like that it’s totally different than the David Best style (which I also love, but some variety is nice). That said, I wish I hadn’t seen it. I miss getting to the playa and being surprised.

  4. Most awesome, kudos to all whom are contributing their labours towards The Temple of Promise, they are most deserving of our gratitude.

    In addendum, they are most deserving of our donations, of cash, in support of their project. Newbies, and near newbies, must learn to be of the realization that the BMOrg funds solely near to one third of the costs of the temple, and of the artists, from their $30.5 million of ticket sales. Solely near to $13 of each $390 ticket is purposed towards the construction of the temple and towards the art, thus, might Burners desire the temple to be constructed, Burners must donate their cash. The awesome temple crew must raise near to $100,000 of cash, from Burners, for the temple to occur.

    Within 2014, this did not occur. Even Embrace remained over $35,000 of debt of their $265,000 of costs, their last Kickstarter, within November, raised solely a small amount of cash towards paying this debt. Might Burners desire the temple, and the art, within Black Rock City, they must donate their cash.

    The Burning Man Project required of the funded artists to raise cash donations utilizing their site utilizing the Salesforce dot com non-profits software. This is the rationale of why the Black Rock Arts Foundation merged within the Burning Man Project, the donations purposed towards the off-playa and on-playa artists, in actuality, are paid towards the Burning Man Project, whom claims the credit of donations made towards the the Project, and the Project then pays your donations towards the awesome artists. Within 2014, solely $123,000 was raised within this manner purposed for the temple and the near to 40 funded art projects purposed for the playa. But, near to $1 million must be raised to pay the costs of the awesome artists, thus, newbies, might you desire the temple and art on the playa, you must donate your cash, the awesome artists are most deserving of your cash.

    • You are right the temple crew will be raising money. Somewhere between 200-300 thousand on their own. I will be donating everything I can. I quit smoking last year and every dollar I saved I gave towards art projects on and off the playa.

      • The awesome temple crew must raise somewhere between 200-300 thousand dollars of cash on their own? I am gobsmacked. The newbies, in replacement of the Burner community upon the playa, are not of the realization of that they must donate their cash for the temple, and the art, to occur on the playa.

        The actions of the BMOrg are most horrible. The Burning Man Project is a 501(c)3 corporation taking donations, yet they hide the financials of their subsidiary corporation, BRC LLC, dba Burning Man, from donors of art and cash. The BRC LLC raises $30.5 million of cash in due of ticket sales, yet, within 2015, by simple maths upon their prior numbers, the BMOrg desires to pay solely near to the same amount of cash towards the temple and all the art on the playa, as the six of them take towards their pockets in reasonable salaries. They require of the awesome artists to sign a most horrible hidden contract, in despite of their prior promise to publish the contract, upon their website, prior to the end of 2014. The latest assimilation of the BORG, in due of the rebellion of many playa artists, is to require of the regionals give small art grants for solely a small part of the costs of the artists, with a primary consideration of the grant upon the query of ‘will you take this art to the playa, in addendum to our regional burn?’.

        My belief is the Burning Man Project board of directors must get this rubbish within control. My belief is the first step they must take is to vote to publish the 2014 income statement and balance sheet of the BRC LLC, in detail, of which, at present, it is signed and audited. It is most hypocritical of them to hide the financials from donors of art, labour, cash, and stock in such a manner, in despite of they require of the regionals to publish their financials when their financials are signed and audited.

        burnersxxx, the most honourable Mr. Asselstine published upon his site some awesome humour upon this rubbish. Might any person view updates upon the hidden artist contract, send it towards burnersxxx and Mr. Asselstine for the purposes of other artists gaining this knowledge.

        • …you mean the contract that was going to be transparently made available to everyone by the end of last year?

          Thanks ABP, great comment, we need to support art projects and artists directly.

          I wonder how much money will be generated from professional photos of the Temple being sold via Reuters, AP, Rolling Stone, etc. Wouldn’t it be great if some of this money could go to the artists, to cover costs and reward them.

  5. This is going to be fabulous! Have loved all their work… I know it’s 100′(ish) tall but would LOVE to see a scale figure in the models/renderings… you know, for scale. 🙂

  6. I think it should be cleared up that this ‘crew’ didn’t work on any of those projects listed at the end. Individuals in the 2015 Temple crew did work within other ‘crews’ to create these iconic works.

    • From the Voices of Burning Man:

      “In addition to the 2010 Temple of Flux, team members have worked in the past with artist Dan Fox on some of the playa’s most imposing and impressive sculptures ever: the Trojan Horse in 2011, Anubis in 2012, and the Alien Siege Machine in 2014.”

      So which bit is untrue? I’ve updated the story to clarify the involvement.

        • And of course Dan Fox has to go and post this on Facebook to mess with my need to differentiate the crews. Damn you Fox! “The Iron Crew will present and follow Tigan’s lead. Jazz has the support of the crew who supported my vision, and it is in a word splendid. The Iron Crew is as resourceful as it is visionary. The Iron Crew does not disappoint. Godspeed to Mr. Tigan and his endeavor! Bravo!”

      • Besides Flux and Dan Foxes Iron Crew, there are also members of the temple crew who have worked on Temple of Wholiness, The Man Crew, Man Base Crew, DPW, Sacred Spaces, Sextant Camp, East Bay CORE, and so many more. And that is just talking about the leadership within their organization. The team that I have met have been some unbelievably talented people.

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