Creating UMBRA (Burning Man 2023)

Umbra - The concept and sculpture for Burning Man, August 27-September 4, 2023. Umbra utilizes face stencils cut into plywood that will cast shadows onto the desert ground - The Playa. Shadows up to 200'-400' feet are possible during sunrise and sunset, with the strongest, darkest, and clearest shadows at 30'-60' feet. The faces are dynamic and will move across Playa as the sun moves across the sky. Night shadows will also be possible with moonlight, especially during the full moon on August 30, 2023, mid-week during the festival. Approximately 10 Faces (10'x12'each) will be installed, like a wall, at 20’ high by 60’ long. A viewing deck platform at the top of the sculpture provides the best viewing point of the shadows.

My intent with the sculpture is to celebrate, respect, and honor the Paiute Tribe of Pyramid Lake, Northwestern Nevada - The faces of their ancestors, elders, community members and youth will adorn the sculpture and cast powerful shadows onto the land - symbolizing the bond and strength of the people's connection to the Playa. Working closely with the Paiute community, on Pyramid Lake, I conducted several stencil workshops on March 21-28 2023, and gained the content that best represented this community. We are now building the design and selecting the appropriate faces as they determine.

Your contribution will add to the creation of Umbra. From the workshops to fabrication, transportation, installations, the gathering at Burning Man, and the donation of the sculpture back to the Piaute community. This funding helps build connections of multiple communities working and building together to understand each other's cultures and share our differences with art, process, and celebration.

$1-$99 All those who donate $1 or more will have their name engraved on a plaque, and installed on the sculpture.
$100-$299 receive a poster of Umbra.
$300-$499 receive the poster and a booklet/zine of the process of Umbra.
$500-$999 Swag Bag of goodies.
$1,000+ All the above plus ART from me. (Details will be discussed per individual.)

Thank you for your consideration and contribution.


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Peyton Scott Russell
Minneapolis, MN

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