We Love this interactive art installation called Ilumina that debuted at Burning Man this year. Conceived by Mayan Warrior and Sr. Pago founder Pablo Gonzalez Vargas, the 37-foot tall creation illuminated the Nevada desert and attracted visitors who were drawn to its majestic glow.
Pablo Gonzalez Vargas Burning Man
The true experience of Ilumina though extended well beyond just a visual experience to gaze upon. With Ilumina, guests where invited to take part in an immersive three-minute long meditation and flow exercise that ushered them into a state of coherence and deep harmony with themselves, fellow participants, and the universe through a proprietary merger of modern technology and ancient design wisdom.
To start, biometric sensors where connected to the earlobes of each participant, which measured their unique state of coherence and averaged them together. Ilumina’s dazzling lighting design and moving soundscapes respond to this unique algorithm. As the group became more coherent, the sculpture glowed brighter and the music swelled, creating a shared experience for the participants.
The design for Ilumina was inspired by an amalgamation of four key concepts. The first is Torus, which can be seen in the flow of electrons within an atom as well as the shape and flow of the greater universe itself. Next is the fibonacci sequence, which is a simple and elegant ratio that binds nearly all design in the living world, from the human body to leaves on a tree. The third source of inspiration is a cutting-edge tool provided by the HeartMath Institute, which uses biometrics sensors to train oneself on the self regulation of emotional states to achieve coherence. Lastly, there is Metatron’s Cube, which contains all of the geometric shapes in existence and thus embodies the divinity of all potentials. These four concepts come together to create Ilumina.
“Ilumina was inspired by an experience I had using HeartMath Institute’s feedback software where I found myself in a state of flow,”
says Ilumina founder Pablo Gonzalez Vargas
“I was inspired to create a piece for Burning Man that took this concept to a larger scale designed around collective coherence while bringing together the elements of flow, mathematics, and the fundamentals of sacred design.”
Artists that worked alongside Pablo to complete Ilumina included HeartMath Expert & Executive Producer Gaby Vargas, lighting design expert Paolo Montiel, who has worked closely on all of James Turrell’s projects in Mexico, highly experienced musician and performer Mendrix, Mexico-City based art studio Cocolab, renowned painter and sculptor Marco Kalach and many more.