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The Temple of Flux, Burning Man 2010. Flux Foundation. Mixed media: primarily wood and whitewash. (Peter Kimelman, Jess Hobbs, Rebecca Anders, le… Read More
The Temple of Flux, Burning Man 2010. Flux Foundation. Mixed media: primarily wood and whitewash. (Peter Kimelman, Jess Hobbs, Rebecca Anders, lead artists, with Ben Anderson, Catie Magee and team) Read Less
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The FLUX Foundation was engendered by the commission to design and build the Temple for the 2010 Burning Man Arts Festival. Constructed entirely of wood, the installation was approximately 40' tall, 300' long, and 100' wide, totaling almost 22,000 sq. feet. A response to the festival theme of "Metropolis" the Temple of Flux consisted of 5 landforms that created a series of canyon and cave-like spaces for reflection. The installation asked for consideration of the relationship between the built and natural environments; as well as concepts of dwelling, being and temporality. Three metal fire-cauldrons and dynamic lighting effects created distinct immersive atmospheric effects in the evening. Attendees were invited to write personal messages of grief and transformation on and inside the piece.

With the initial grant covering only one-third of the projected hard costs, the Temple was designed, engineered and built in only 4 months exclusively with volunteer labor. The remainder of the funds were raised by individual donations and 30 fundraiser events. The project was erected in the Black Rock Desert in 17 days,  stood for 10 days and was burned in a cathartic choreographed performance as the festival's conclusion.
photo by Brendan Jones
photo by Galen Stolee
The Temple of Flux is featured in Chapter 3 of Justin Tellian's work "Dreamers"
photo by Mills
photo by Mills