Josh has been making extremely cool art for a profit in his personal life; in our opinion some of the best commercially fund art in the world. (Check out a highlight reel here).
From Josh: “Chakra Cannon is interactive installation revolving around a large-scale "Light Cannon" powered by the human voice. The light source is a massive custom LED spot light with a liquid-cooled core. The cannon will generate a super bright beam of light that will blast upward into the sky when participants collaborate, making sounds into microphones to create a shared vibration. The installation encourages releasing one's individual chakra energy and using the sculpture as a conduit to channel the group's vibrations that will be visualized as a beam of light. This sculpture aims to communicate the true potential and beauty of our collective voice.”
The Wheels of Zoroaster Resurrection — Anton Viditz-Ward — Telluride
Welder, architect, artist, Anton Viditz-Ward works out of an abandoned mine several miles outside of Telluride Colorado, which is pretty bad ass. His work, often accompanied by a fire performance, is something we have loved in the past. He’s returning this year with a new take on a prior project and we’re thrilled to see how it shapes up.
Corpus — Michael Christian — Berkeley, CA
Michael first attended Burning Man in 1996. Since then he has created icon large scale sculpture on the playa. And this year he won’t talk to us. He won’t share a single bit of what he’s creating. He’s pretty much the only artist that doesn’t even respond to our messages. And we respect that. So based on past work, we are excited to see what he has in store for us this year.
The Folly — Dave Keane and Folly Builders — San Francisco, CA
We love large scale art, and the Folly fits that bill. “The Folly is an old shanty village of towers, bridges and little western store fronts. Cobbled together from salvaged and reclaimed lumber from old San Francisco victorians and reborn in the desert, The Folly will afford shelter, entertainment and visual perspective to Black Rock City residents.”
I.L.Y. — Dan Mountain — Portola Valley, CA
I.L.Y.. is a 35 foot tall sculpture with many surprises hidden inside, from Burning Man alum Dan Mountain. Daily fire shows and a large pyrotechnics display one evening will cap off the installation,
Mariposita — Chris Carnabuci — Cold Spring, NY
Chris has previously created a smaller scale egg as part of the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt New York in 2014. He will bring a larger version of this concept to the playa in 2019.
Mariposita, or Little Butterfly, is a 26 foot tall sculpture depicting a female figure emerging from a newly hatched egg, grasping the edge of the shell and propelling herself forward. The piece represents transformation and rebirth.
Paraluna — Christopher Schardt — Oakland, CA
Paraluna is always one of our favorites, and it’s back this year. Haunting music, beautiful visuals and suspiciously cuddly people laying below it.
The Man’s Army — Michael Ciulla — Los Angeles, CA
The artists report that “The installation opens with 100 life-size human figures arranged in a 10x10 grid. The project draws the seed of its inspiration from the terracotta warriors of china. Each artisan put his face on a statue generating individualism in a sea of conformity. This inspires the first phase. At a distance, they all look the same but once among them you can see that they are individual. Each figure’s face is made with a scan of a person’s face or a combination of the scans of a group of people. This is achieved with point-cloud scanning and 3d printing. The body is constructed of sealed wax so that paint can be applied. The shape combines a point cloud scan of a man and a woman, creating an androgynous form.”
Phoenix Rising — Lisa Nigro and Draka Arts — San Antonio, TX
A wonderful artist brings large art and larger pyrotechnics to the playa in 2019. From Lisa:
Phoenix Rising is an interactive fire sculpture made of steel and repurposed materials. She will look much like the mythical bird - a hybrid between rooster and peacock - and contain a complex flame effects system, so that visually one will see and feel the heat of a giant Bird on FIRE! The interactive element involves the placement of a pulse sensor to one’s finger in order to detect the heartbeat. This sensor remotely triggers a signal to the sculpture’s fire effects system and causes the flames of the bird’s wings to pulse in unison with the beat of the participant’s heart. There will be two people at a time participating, and if at any one moment their hearts beat in unison, the large flame emanating from the bird’s mouth will be triggered to go off.
The Flaming Lotus Girls are among our favorite art collective, and they are back this year with Serenity. From the artists website: “SERENITY is an immersive sculpture made of metal, fire, light, and sound. A large broken jar supports three giant fireflies, featuring interactive fire and LED illumination at night. Around the jar pieces are smaller fireflies that glow with LED light in a coherent color pattern and add to the whimsical nature of the piece. Cozy wooden benches are nestled in the jar pieces, offering sheltered places to linger, while subtle sounds permeate the space, adding to the immersive experience, both at night and during the day. Interacting with these fireflies feels magical, it brings you a sense of warmth and belonging.”
We’ve been watching this piece shape up for almost a year, and we like what we are seeing. These folks do fire well, and this project will be doing fire in grand style.
Fire Kethedral — Kevin Clark - Reared in Steel, Petaluma, CA
Kevin Clark brings big art to the playa, and 2019 will be no exception. From the Burning Man website:
The Fire Kethedral will resemble a cathedral organ as a colossal fire instrument – a shrine to fire. The structure will be fabricated from steel tubing and CNC cut sheet metal standing forty feet tall and fifty feet long. The Fire Kethedral will be an ornate and powerful instrument capable of choreographing fire as music through a full keyboard as an instrumentalist plays sitting on an ornately decorated piano bench. Pipes mounted into the structure will shoot fire up into the air coordinated with every keystroke. The Kethedral will be adorned with stained glass lighted by flame rail pilots creating a tabernacle of fire and light. LED lighting will amplify the visual effect of the fire and sound.
Niloticus — Peter Hazel — Reno, NV
Peter Hazel will return to the playa in 2019 with a 40 foot long mosaic crocodile. Prior work: 2017, 2015 His past work has been fantastic, and we are excited to see how this year’s project shapes up.
No Place Like Home — Trey Watkins, Mara Greenberg, Alan Becker and Frogma — San Francisco, CA
In 2019, they intend to expand their work with an installation featuring a farm house in poor repair, with a whimsical path leading to a fire feature.
The Shrine of Sympathetic Resonance — Tyson Ayers and Sympathetic Resonances — Oakland, CA
The Shrine of Sympathetic Resonance immerses participants in the phenomena of 20,000 musical strings sympathetically resonating the sounds they make while inside. The wonder & joy induced by this experience invites participants to play with their own sounds by singing, laughing, crying, or howling.
Electric Dandelions - Abram Santa Cruz
Electric Dandelions are three 23-27 ft tall dandelion sculptures that double as fireworks at night. They come with a sound reactive controller and are iPad controlled. Checkout the videos and pictures below.
The Head Maze - Matthew Schultz, The Pier Group - Sparks, NV
Head Maze is a 4 story mediating mind, resting on one hand and ripping its face off to reveal a crystalline stained glass being. Inside of the mind is an immaculate interactive 4 story, 18 room maze of our subconscious and dreams.
The Tree of Life — Tyler J. Rivenbark & The Institute for Human Creativity — San Francisco, CA
The Tree of Life Project is a long term art, innovation and environmentalism project with the objective to transform and improve our relationship with the natural world. The project includes the creation of a large scale interactive art and architecture piece, and the long term activation of programs that are focused on environmentalism. The 10-story art piece, reminds us of our deep connection with each other and all life on this planet, while inviting us to participate in opportunities of transformation and creative interactivity. This large-scale art installation will be showcased at Burning Man 2019, and placed in a permanent location after. We are grateful to have received an Honorarium from Burning Man Arts and thankful for all the volunteers helping with this vision.