In 2012 the DC area brought a CORE project to Burning Man for the first time and it was monumental!
National Treasure was an obelisk designed after the Washington Monument featured in this years CORE circle of sculptures on the Playa. It was an interactive sculpture, with a fire proffer that released a massive fire ball at the touch of a button. It also featured bubbles for the citizens of Black Rock city to frolic in. The sculpture was covered in a thin layer of fabric with tie-dye designs by regional artists. The seven chakras were carved into the wood paneling of the sculpture, and at night were illuminated by a series of LED’s within the sculpture.
Why an Obelisk?
The Washington Monument is among the most iconic structures in America. It is a symbol of our unity as a nation and our American culture both past and present. With this in mind, we thought, what better symbol is there to represent Washington D.C. at Burning Man than a structure that pays homage to this monument? Just as Burner culture is a bright and lively reflection of American culture; our structure was a bright and lively reflection of the monument.
What is Burning Man?
For one week a year, individuals from across the globe gather in the desert to create a community dedicated to radical self reliance, radical self-expression and art. This celebration of self expression and sustainable community is known as Burning Man. Our project was among this year’s C.O.R.E. (Circle of Regional Effigies) installations. CORE projects are effigies created by burning man regional groups of artists from around the world. The effigies are placed around the central figure of the Man. On Thursday August 30th, all of the CORE projects were set on fire simultaneously and burned.
The Washington City Paper featured an article on National Treasure
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