The Solar Shrine is a large-scale Afrofuturistic art installation for Burning Man 2020 that is inspired by the architecture and art of the Ancient Egyptian and Nubian cultures. It's a holistic space of healing, spirituality, and wonder designed to help connect people of all cultures in the present to their pasts and futures together. The Solar Shrine is positioned precisely so as the Sun rises in the East, it illuminates the solar discs on the tower and the solar barque inside the shrine, connecting us with the cosmos and the energy of our Earth. This is a sacred space, a refuge, a place for sharing art, music, healing, and ideas. It is a space for people of all cultures and backgrounds to commune and express their histories, experiences, and visions of what lies ahead.
The Solar Shrine is comprised of three large structures: the gateway, the main shrine, and the fuel storage enclosure at rear. The gateway is the portal to the main shrine. The shrine itself is two stories, with an enclosed staircase leading to the upper deck. Housed on the ground level of the shrine is a solar barque, a vessel to transport our spirits through the sky during the day and through realms of the underworld at night. The gateway will light up the night sky with four giant poofers, letting off flames high into the air, welcoming travelers to the refuge of the shrine. The third structure is a shorter monument, housing the fuel needed.
This is a massive project that will take many hands to construct and transport to the desert. The primary construction will be handled by veteran effigy burners and crews in Chicago. It will then be transported by truck to the desert, where the final installation will take place. While many materials for the project have been donated by local companies and connections, and the construction will be done by volunteers who are dedicated to making this important build happen, there are still many financial costs that need to be covered. To make this gift to the Burner Community happen, we are raising $40,000 to cover the overhead expenses for building space, some of the materials and equipment, as well as the transportation to Black Rock City.
This is a truly remarkable and important piece. We can only do it with your participation. Please, be a part of the team! Donate what you can to this unique project and help make this gift a reality. Volunteer to help with the construction here in Chicago or on site at Black Rock City. Also, spread the word!