The Man's Army (BM 2019 Playa Art Installation)


The Man’s Army wants you to join us on an interactive mission into the playa! We are seeking collaborators and patrons to not only help fund this project but to become a part of it in more ways than one. 

The Man's Army is an Honorarium Grant winning, large-scale art installation for Burning Man 2019 that is  a visual metaphor with three phases, telling a story about The Burning Man Experience. The project draws the seed of its inspiration from the Terracotta Army of ancient China. Each artisan put his face on a statue generating individualism in a sea conformity. 

Phase One: At a distance, they all look the same but once among them you can see that they are individual. This is achieved with the use of sate-of-the-art point-cloud scanning and 3D printing technology through which each figure’s face will be made with a scan of a real person’s face or a combination of the scans of a group of people. The mesh created will then be 3D printed and molded onto each figure.

Phase Two: Each body becomes a canvas, constructed of a hardened and sealed wax that will create a blank slate for artists and burners alike to transform with personal creativity and expression throughout the week. This is meant to reflect the week leading up to the burn when you are vandalized, altered, and stretched by the thoughts and intentions of others. 

Phase Three: Is the burn. For a moment everyone is transformed by a rare expression of impermanence. All these individuals are all the same again, drawn to this place by an open heart. This is revealed post burn; transformed from figures with their own likeness and days of vandalism to a body of steel all the same, a heart is revealed to represent our shared humanity. As we leave changed, the figures leave transformed.

The Honorarium grant is distributed in three portions. The first portion along with the money from Kickstarter will be used to cover development costs(Design, Prototypes, Tech) along with the raw materials(Steel, Wax, Molds, Hearts). The second and third portions of our grant  and money we raise at events and through open donations will complete the finishing touches along with Logistics and Lighting.


Please donate today to become a member of The Man's Army and represent yourself in the dust!

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  • Jean Caron 
    • $250 
    • 2 mos
  • Gil Penchina 
    • $200 
    • 2 mos
  • Bill Marsack 
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  • Stephen Jackson 
    • $10 
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  • Cristof Ranocchi 
    • $5 
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Michael Ciulla 
Los Angeles, CA
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