David Best, the artist behind the popular ornate temples at Nevada’s Burning Man Festival, has began crowdfunding for a similar structure in Ireland.
Partnering with Artichoke, a London-based creative company, artist David Best aims to bring his ephemeral temple structures to Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Through the Kickstarter campaign for the project, David cites the problematic clashes in the region as a reason for bringing his work to Northern Ireland.www.kickstarter.com/projects/artichoketrust/temple
The Temple, which will stand tall against the Irish city, will be made of recycled plywood. The structure hopes to change the perception of people towards huge group efforts. After construction, the temple will be opened to the public who are encouraged to bring mementos add personal messages to the temple. True to the Burning Man mores, the Temple will be burnt during a special ceremony. David has planned a two-week construction period for the building with a target opening date of March 2015.
According to the artist, the burning keeps the temple ephemeral, which is important because “to fully let go of the past, nothing physical could be left behind.” More Info and pictures over at PSFK
Artichoke are creative producers based in London, well known for their ground-breaking and ambitious work. Always outdoors and almost always free, their projects are dedicated to transforming public spaces with great art and changing the way people feel about their surroundings. Previous projects include The Sultan’s Elephant (2006), La Machine in Liverpool (2008), Peace Camp at coastal locations across the UK (2012) and Lumiere, the UK’s biggest light festival, which has taken place in Durham three times and last year was programmed to bring Derry’s year as UK City of Culture to a close. Over 180,000 visitors enjoyed light installations across the city in what was dubbed ‘the jewel in the crown’ of the year of cultural events, and this project marks the return of the company to the city.