The Temple

The Temple has always represented a tribute to people you had lost, either previously, or more importantly, in the last year. It is a place of grieving, a place of severe pain and suffering, a place of release, of letting go. Solace, spiritual.

On Sunday evening, the Temple is burned. The experience is a stark contrast from the Man burn the night before. The Art Cars circle but their lights and fires are off. It is quiet as we watch the fire engulf the Temple. No fireworks, no splash - a very spiritual time.

 

2018

"Galaxia"

Galaxia celebrates hope in the unknown, stars, planets, black holes, the movement uniting us in swirling galaxies of dreams. A superior form of Gaia in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, Galaxia is the ultimate network, the fabric of the universe connecting living beings into one entity.

 

2017

"The Temple"

2016

"The Temple"

The Temple this year will be 100' tall, 50'x50' interior, with 100'x100' sheltered roof, and an additional 100' in a walled courtyard. It will be built in the tradition of David Best temples, but with a significant departure from his usual style - this temple will be hand-built without CNC cut materials. It will be extremely ornate, with a large interior altar and a large chandelier. This temple will take on an ancient air, patina’d with organic water-based stains, and look as if it were built hundreds of years in the past. 

There will be 8 altars placed around the courtyard, which is walled off to create a protected, quiet, respectful space. The interactivity will be the usual function of the Burning Man temple: it will be a place for the community to come and express their emotions, reflect on the losses of friends and family members, and celebrate the lives of people around them. The temple will be built with the consideration of the community, with adequate space to accommodate the needs of people in the temple and the surrounding courtyard for reflection, safety and privacy. As always, it will be wheelchair-accessible. 

2015

"Temple of Promise"

Temple 2014 was "Temple of Grace"

By David Best

2013 - The Temple of Whollyness

2012 - The Temple of Juno

2012 - The Temple of Juno

2011 - The Temple of Transition

2010 - The Temple of Flux

2009 - Fire of Fires

2009 - Fire of Fires

2008 - Basura Sagrada

2007 - The Temple of Forgiveness

2007 - The Temple of Forgiveness

2006 - Temple of Hope

2005 - The Temple of Dreams

2004 - Temple of Stars

2004 - Temple of Stars

2003 - The Temple of Honor

2003 - The Temple of Honor

2003 - The Temple of Honor

In Memory of Tony Neufeld

In Memory of Jeff "The Iceman" Schroeder

In Memory of Bill Heisinger