Catacomb of Veils – Burning Man 2016, Part 1 of 4: The Project

Something extraordinary is underway in San Francisco:  Catacombs of Veils.  

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Catacomb of Veils will be the largest art piece at Burning Man 2016 and one of the largest burned sculptures in the history of the event. Everyone participating in the creation of Catacomb is all-volunteer with a commitment to the transformative power of temporary art. – SOURCE

Be still me beating heart!  My daughter is a volunteer on the team creating this incredible Burning Man 2016 installation.

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Anna Thorsen with project visionary and designer, Dan Sullivan, at Pier 70, San Francisco. PHOTO BY AFONSO SALCEDO

I am LOVING watching it unfold.  This fascinating project and its EXTRAORDINARY TEAM sings to my passion for the CREATIVE PROCESS!  I can feel some drawings coming out inspired by this project so I’ve decided to take a deeper look in 4 parts.

Today’s post is an overview:

Part 1 of 4: THE PROJECT

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At 220′ across and covering almost 19,000 square feet of playa area, Catacomb of Veils will be the largest art piece at Burning Man 2016 and one of the largest burned sculptures in the history of the event… Catacomb rises like a rocky outcropping off the desert floor, and as the dust swirls up and around, it evokes Black Rock Point itself.  It is a ruin of a previous society– a remnant of our collective search for moments of quiet, introspection and reflection. It is a journey of discovery and a descent into a subterranean world. – SOURCE

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A path winds up to the Narthex at the Eastern Pyramid of the Catacomb and from this vantage point the community begins its descent inward. Ancient relics of a collective history adorn the walls as shafts of light illuminate effigies and offerings. These are moments in our primeval memory, inviting us further downward and inward into ourselves. The journey culminates in an inner sanctum– a Sanctum of Veils– a confluence of concealment, revelation and sublime beauty. – SOURCE

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Next up:

Part 2 of 4: THE INSPIRATION

Part 3 of 4: THE TEAM

Part 4 of 4: THE SCOPE

YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS PROJECT VIA:

INDIEGOGO:

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JULY 14, 2016 FUNDRAISER:

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FACEBOOK:

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“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

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Crow with Skull street art, Katarina Thorsen 2016 (chinamarker)

 

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