Methuselah by Misha Naiman, Gray Davidson with Majorelle Arts
(Burning Man Honorarium art from 2017)
The Methuselah is a scale model of the oldest Bristlecone Pine tree, 26 ft tall with a twisted trunk 8ft in diameter. Structural strength for the piece will be provided by an armature of 2” square steel tubing, over which plates of sheet metal and recycled tubing will be welded to form bark and burls. The bark will be patinated to blues, browns and whites, and grooves in the metal will be filled with colored glass and chimes will hang above.
Leonardo Da Vinci created for Burning Man 2016. It was designed and built by a small team of blacksmiths from Truckee, Reno, Tasmania and Colombia. The wings are made of forged and fabricated steel and wrought iron using many traditional blacksmithing techniques and joinery. Although built in a modern day shop, much of the work was done by hand using hammers and anvils.
is a sculpture of wings preparing to take flight inspired by the drawings of
“Trasparenza is a transparent structure resembling a sparkling crystal crown,” according to the city of Reno’s list. “Twelve turreted triangular towers form a chapel-like installation. It will be made entirely of clear cast acrylic panels laser-cut with intricate detail. The imagery of the lower panels represents the heraldic emblems of the master guilds of Florence and a Medici coat of arms represents philanthropy. The laser-cut motifs on the inner walls illustrate Leonardo’s lifelong preoccupations including geometry, architecture, engineering, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, anatomy and painting. The arches through which participants enter and leave feature the inscription SAPER VEDERE, meaning “knowing how to see.” A humanist chapel, Trasparenza is a place for Reno citizens to play in and pray in.”
“Metal sculptor Adrian Landon brings forth to you his expression, through steel, of his experience and close connection to the incredible and unique majestic animal that most people once knew, the symbiotic relationship with horses. One can feel the energy by looking into the eyes of these creations, the energy of these powerful beasts, and the energy that was put into their making, hours of pounding sheet metal by hand and with machines that the artist designed and built himself.
Landon has been sculpting for 10 years now in New York City.