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In 2007 our art theme expressed the immanence of nature in our lives in a variety of ways. The Burning Man stood atop a structure that resembled green mountain peaks. Nestled at its base was the Green Man Pavilion, 30,000 square feet of shaded exhibition space for the display of interactive artistic, scientific and educational models, a "World’s Fair" of emerging technologies. This pavilion was surrounded by the Mangrove, made from simulated trees fashioned from recycled industrial materials. These artificial trees were not burned: they survive to subdivide the blue of other skies.

Click the name of an Art Installation in the list below to see details about it.

Mangrove - Art Installations - Exhibits


A Tree Undone
by Josie Schimke
The act of unraveling a knitted object is viscerally satisfying; it's hard to resist pulling a lose string on a sweater, just to see it unwind, and to feel the vibration of the yarn in your fingertips as the yarn pulls against itself, resisting being undone.

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A Tree Undone tempts participants with an urge that conflicts with their appreciation of the object itself as they observe within themselves the desire to both preserve and destroy an object at the same time.

The project is an interactive knit and crochet sculpture that begins as a simple tree, standing about 9 feet tall and 5 feet wide, its branches full of crocheted and knitted leaves. Before the event, participants are invited to create and contribute leaves to be added to the tree. On the playa, participants are invited to unravel one of the project's thousands of crocheted and knitted leaves. By the end of the week it will only have strands of yarn hanging from the branches.

For instructions on how to contribute leaves, information on free crochet workshops in the Bay Area, and the project's blog, please visit our website.

URL: www.pokiedot.com
Contact: josie (at) pokiedot (dot) com

Bottle Cap Tree
by Kitty Gordon
Each year Americans consume bottled beverages by the millions. Although a certain percentage of these bottles are recycled, typically the bottle cap is not. The Bottle Cap Tree is made from used HVAC duct and other recycled building materials and the exterior is covered with bottle caps accumulated over a five year period.

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The Bottle Cap Tree inspires us to think differently about the things that are idly thrown away and reminds us that something as seemingly insignificant as a bottle cap can have a second life and does not need to be so easily forgotten.

URL: www.kittygsculpture.com/bottlecaptree/
Contact: kittyg (at) kittygsculpture (dot) com

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Corn Woman
by Eric Griswold
Amid a corn patch stands Corn Woman, a giant talking ear of corn which has been mixed with human protieins for greater nutrition and taste. As you approach, Corn Woman will talk to you.

Contact: eric (at) clevian (dot) com

Cultural Park Flower Tree
by Ellen Heine & Evelyn Fasnacht with flowers by Paterson & Oradell NJ school children & community members
This 12' tall tree is covered with foliage and flowers made of plastic, metal and manmade material recyclables such as soda cans, detergent bottles, cookie tins, water bottles, etc. The inspiration for this tree comes from the "Flower Man", an indigent long-term resident of a neighborhood in NYC undergoing gentrification, who has for years, been making such "flowers" to adorn the fence of his neighborhood pocket park, La Plaza Cultural Park Garden.

The piece is a free-standing rendition of this 'green' spirit and it's "flowers" have a similar genesis with the added embellishment of lights in the center of each flower. School children and community members create the flowers for this tree and Participants are asked to add flowers made from their own discards during the Festival. At the end of the Event the tree will be sent back to NYC for permanent installation at La Plaza Cultural Park bringing the inspiration full circle.

Contact: Evelyn (at) PartyCars (dot) net

Dust Devil Forest
by Aaron Huffington
Dust Devils are the trees of Black Rock City and its citizens learn quickly that, like all the powers of nature, you can't fight dust devils, you must collaborate with them and learn to love and respect them. To honor the dust devils, the Dust Devil Forest is three interactive blacksmithed iron tree sculptures. Each dust devil shaped tree has zen gardens between the roots and tools hanging from the branches that create patterns in the playa dust as both participants and the wind interact with them.

URL: www.handsonartwork.com
Contact: aaronharrington (at) handsonartwork (dot) com

Faces for the Man
by Arwen King
Fifteen faces inspired by Japanese masks hang from the man's pyre.

Contact: spitbreath (at) gmail (dot) com

Garden of Earthly Delights
by Bruce Voyce
A group of metal sculptures celebrates the wonders of life, using life environments projected onto the playa. Living plants will be incorporated into the sculpture post-event.

URL: people.tribe.net/confucious
Contact: bruce_voyce (at) hotmail (dot) com

Giving Tree
by Matthew Ganucheau
In the midst of the circle of the Man, one can interact with the Giving Tree. To the eye, it is a modest installation standing ten feet tall and stretching 25 feet in diameter; its secret, however, is one of sound, for the Tree engages in live conversation with nearby participants. The Giving Tree offers two unique and reciprocal opportunities: to imprint a willing recipient--the Tree itself--with your language, and to absorb and respond to the language of those who have come before you. The Giving Tree allows participants to change the language that nature speaks--and, in turn, rethink the kinds of dialogues we thereby make possible and in which we participate. The Tree's calm receptivity to fluxes in its environment encourages introspective awareness of our role in the personal and natural community of which we form parts.

URL: www.thegivingtreeproject.com
Contact: mganucheau (at) gmail (dot) com

Heart of Burning Man
by Gene Cooper and Naomi Stein Cooper
The Heart of Burning Man Project allows participants to interactively transmit their own heartbeat to a LED-neon heart sculpture located in the Burning Man. Participants step up to an interactive tree sculpture to have their pulse read by special heartbeat sensors and their pulse is then calculated and wirelessly transmitted to the heart. With each heartbeat of the participant, the Heart of Burning Man will pulse accordingly.

The metaphoric heart of Burning Man is about the people who make up the event and honors each person's unique connection to it.

URL: www.360parks.com/heart_of_burning_man.shtml
Contact: gene (at) fourchambers (dot) org and fuegocorazon (at) yahoo (dot) com

Kinetic Wind Sculptures
by David Boyer
A grouping of several large kinetic wind sculptures ranging in size from seven to fourteen feet tall, the sculptures are made of rusted steel, stainless steel, copper, rusted wire, antique brake springs, old reclaimed billboard metal, and various other found and new metals. The largest sculpture, "Bonsai", resembles a large gnarled tree.

URL: www.boyersculpture.com
Contact: windart (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

Multi-Point Perspective
by Tom Wilson
A grouping of eight trees create an arc that aligns to sunrise and sunset. Together they represent time as a valuable resource. Individual trees are symbolic of the perspectives of youth, context and experience. These differing perspectives offer insight into how this resource can best be spent.

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URL: www.thirstybeachlandscaping.com
Contact: tom (dot) wilson (at) thirstybeachlandscaping (dot) com

Pan's Perch
by Ryan Jackson
Two trees made from recycled steel act as the lost covent gardens, providing weary playa travellers with a place to rest and daydream.

Contact: rjsride (at) hotmail (dot) com

Power Plant
by Andrew Grinberg
A tree covered with four large elaborate flowers and many leaves is constructed entirely of bottle caps, and provides an oasis of color and complex shadows. It is powered by human energy, through a bicycle generator, which makes the flowers glow. This project represents one of the many harmonious relationships between human beings and nature, using our waste and energy to make a plant flourish.

Contact: andrew (at) zoo-ink (dot) com

by Jennifer Forbes, Carissa Welton and Jessica Reeder
Refoliation is a set of trees created from recycled and repurposed steel, with leaves made out of plastic bags collected from the streets of Beijing. Inspired by the garbage littering city streets and tree branches, volunteers in China have gathered enough plastic bags to create thousands of leaves. In the Bay Area, scrapyard junk from car parts to old pipes came together to form the tree trunks and branches. In Black Rock City, we will host a nightly refoliation ceremony, during which participants can assist in attaching leaves to trees.

Contact: redteam510 (at) gmail (dot) com

Star Tree
by Cali Mastny
In 2006, the Star Seed was planted. Now it has grown into a full tree, sprouting bright new stars made from scrap metal, light and sound. The tree invites you to help it bloom by adding wishes and stars.

URL: waste.org/~velouria/starproject
Contact: starfive (at) waste (dot) org

Thicket Court
by Tim Flagg, with Jill Androwick, Matt Kibert, Lucas Androwick, Spencer Laughman, and Ricky Fox
Thicket Court is an interactive sculpture made of four black trees that are lined with neon. Stained glass pieces create a canopy, and at night the trees' trunks and branches light up with bicycle power. As participants continue pedaling, a sequence of a tree, a stump and a house will light up.

Thicket Court illustrates that renewable resources such as trees need to be used to further our society and managing and re-planting these resources is a must.

URL: www.glassflagg.com/Main/ThicketCourt
Contact: tim (at) glassflagg (dot) com

by Zach Morris, Tom Pearson and J Day
TREE is a sculpture created from metal scrollwork and wrought iron ornamental appliqué and designed to evoke an almost two-dimensional Victorian formalism. The tree's branches sprout cage-like terrariums that house "real" cacti and flowering desert succulents and its curling metal roots seem to grow from a boxy, metal base.

At night, a small keyhole in the tree's base becomes illuminated and, hanging from the tree's trunk, is an antique key, also illuminated. Upon opening the illuminated lock, participants discover a window to a hidden, subterranean hanging garden. It is a verdant cavern that is vibrant and lush... yet totally artificial. The plants, flowers and vines in this underground world are created from EL Wire, mirrored plexiglass, and lighting gel. They entangle the tree's metal roots and sprout amongst miniature, rolling astro-turf hills and mirrored plastic lagoons.

URL: www.thirdrailprojects.com
Contact: zach (at) thirdrailprojects (dot) com

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Tree Hugger Project
by Wiktor Szostalo & Agnieszka Gradzik
Made from twigs, branches, sticks, vines and other natural materials, these playful sculptures remind us that we humans are still very much a part of our natural surroundings. They bring us back to childhood memories of climbing trees, when playing with friends outdoors was a part of our daily experience.

Contact: wszostalo (at) yahoo (dot) com

Tree of Time
by Jacquelyn Egger
The Tree of Time is an interactive sculpture symbolizing man's interactions with time. The tree, built out of rings, represents the most fundamental of substructures--time. The rings are of all dimensions and sizes, intertwined and interlinked. The tree is blank and next to it is a chest filled with smaller rings (like those that you wear) - these represent our time - life.

Participants can attach their own rings to the larger rings of the tree, thereby adding their own time to the great Tree of Time that grows in complexity and beauty.

Contact: jnj_egger (at) yahoo (dot) com

by Benjamin Jones
The Trees centers around a triple helix, which takes DNA's doublehelix a step further and speaks to the future of human nature, particularly in relation to technology and genetic mutation. Surrounding the triple helix are three additional helices, each also made up of three strands that spiral out from their own centers. Together, these pieces create a forest, intimating the connection between humanity (DNA) and nature (trees and the land from which they sprout).

Contact: beenjamminj (at) yahoo (dot) com

Tree Spire Project
by The Iron Monkeys Collective
Four 15' steel trees are placed at the four entrances to the Green Man Pavilion. They are encased at the base by woodwork/steel benches and are illuminated by steel-framed organic shapes covered with fabric, and lit by LED's placed inside the shapes. Working with the wind, the lanterns are free to spin in the breeze and the smallest branches of the trees will pay homage to the trade of blacksmithing by being crafted into traditional blacksmithing forms, like scrolls.

Participants are invited to take a moment (or ten) to have a seat under a tree and appreciate their city. They are also invited to hang mementos, or "leaves", from the trees, thereby "blooming" the trees over the course of the week.

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Contact: Tabasco (at) burningman (dot) com

by Armen Zeitounian
The Tseesaw in the design and architectural world is an example of an "attractive nuisance". This "attractive nuisance" is a fully functional 20' long seesaw placed through the trunk of a 24' tall tree. The tree consists of 90% recycled and recyclable materials, and is made up of a combination of different types of trees and their colors, patterns, and textures. Tseesaw takes participants back to the joy of nature and encourages one to become a child and to recapture the wonderment of balance.

URL: www.tseesaw.com
Contact: armen (at) tseesaw (dot) com and dezineaz (at) yahoo (dot) com