PARAGON OF STORYTELLING: 3 favourites from Burning Man

Burning Man, the long awaited annual festive arts event is situated in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, otherwise known as “the playa”. The event is an annual experiment in a temporal community that entails erecting a 1 week temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. The event is then ended off by burning a large wooden figure where everyone leaves without leaving a trace behind.

Burning Man is deemed, at least by us folks at Gnome & Bow, to be a paragon of alternative creative storytelling, where ideas are expressed through a series of multi sensory activities, performances and art structures, in ways nothing less then impactful.

Here are three of our favourite art sculptures from this year’s festival.

Mechanic Musica by Douglas Ruuska from Boston, MA
Mechanic Musica by Douglas Ruuska from Boston, MA

How it ticks:
The 8-foot musical wheel is a mix of old and new canvas, mechanical linkages and controls meld together that acts like a human musical instrument for everyone. It responds to the participant’s desires by creating beautiful music, only if the participant is willing to generate the motive force making it play.

Why we love it:
The structure’s potential lies solely in the hands of users where it operates by means of their input to create a unique, delightful fleeting tune. This implies that every individual has their own matchless fingerprint that capsulizes their own story, likened to how the storytelling goods at Gnome & Bow – telling your own relatable story. (The rat race in The Hare & the Flying Tortoise and our innate duality in Jekyll’s Hyde)

Tangential Dreams, Burning Man 2016, perspective render © Mamou-Man
Tangential Dreams, Burning Man 2016, perspective render © Mamou-Man

Initial Renders for Tangential Dreams © Mamou-Mani        Initial Renders for Tangential Dreams © Mamou-Mani

Tangential Dreams by Arthur Mamou-Mani from London, UK

 

How it ticks:
The timber craftwork is a climbable winding tower that comprises of one thousand curved thin wooden pieces hinged to a series of horizontal pieces revolved around a central pivot. Every piece is adorned with motivational sentences that are dynamically lit by LED strips in the night. The intricate simplicity of the art piece holds the intent in creating boundless interpretations that further translates to boundless dreams.

Why we love it:
Tangential Dreams speaks of our penchant for fantasy and folklore, woven into our goods by a boundless imagination. Motivational quotes are also an integral part our DNA like those etched onto our Jekyll’s Hyde Wallets. “It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it” – Robert Louis Stevenson.
Renaiximent - Renaissance by Pink Intruder - Miguel Arraiz & David Moreno from Valencia, Spain

How it ticks:
The design of the golden cube is laid over with thousands of wooden mosaic pieced together by social collectives where it showcases the technique of marrying geometry and the hard sculpture together. The inspiration is stemmed from the grotesque ornamentations from Valencia Silk Market, UNESCO Heritage building backdated to the XV century.

The cube is devised to attract participants into the massive structure where they become a part of the installation that graces the cardboard pieces with the contemporary language of lattice architecture while integrating the values of a traditional Fallas guild.

Why we love it:
We love how a mosaic artwork is created by playing around with simple lines and shapes simply positioned at different angles, showcasing a series of art when viewing the cube at different perspectives, a nod to our mantra that inspiration is everywhere – we just have to keep looking.
 
Credits:
http://burningman.org/event/brc/2016-art-installations/