ARTECH’S 2017 INSTALLATION IS A BURNING MAN GLOBAL ARTS GRANT RECIPIENT ~
THE RENO PLAYA ART PROJECT:
2017 Participating Artists:
New Installations for 2017:
Shane Pitzer and Identity Awareness – A Family Affair
Andrea Greenlees – A Chicken and Egg Situation
Mischell Riley – Maya’s Mind
Scott Froschauer – The Ten Principles
Jeremy Evans – Skull
Kyle Larrain – Scultura di Colletivo
Mike Grey – Sunrise Sunset Horseshoe Bench
Stacie Mathewson Center – Doors to Recovery
Returning/Staying from 2016:
Abram Santa Cruz and Liquid PXL – Electric Dandelions
Andrea Greenlees – Transparenza
Joe C. Rock – Daydream mural
A FAMILY AFFAIR by: Shane Pitzer and Identity Awareness from Sammamish, WA
Identity Awareness is bringing our latest installation to the playa focusing on the family aspect of Burning Man and back in our communities. A 10’x10′ 3D metal heart will be held up by four family members signifying strength and working together to support the whole unit. One side will be held up by the father and daughter while the other side will be a mother and son. All family members will have LED hearts that will beat in unison. The heart will have 1.5″ tubing with places to climb and hang from in order to pose for pictures or simply explore.
Andrea Greenlees from Surbiton, UK
A CHICKEN AND EGG SITUATION is one where it is impossible to say which of two things happened first or caused the other to happen. This installation, featuring both chicken and eggs, takes the traditional riddle and turns it into a giant art object focused on the immediate experience of play. It has a smooth curvilinear metal framework in the shape of a huge chicken, with a cage of tubular steel hoops forming the body and a large circular opening at the rear, which Burners climb into via a ladder. Inside there is a pile of gigantic leather-covered foam eggs that they can lie on and hug and frolic about in. The activities of the Participants themselves turn the installation into performance art. Aesthetically it is a shape of great purity and simplicity, emphasizing the ovoid and symbolising fertility. The artwork is the creative expression of a paradox that has exercised philosophers and scientists for centuries – Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF BURNING MAN are the guiding force behind the Burning Man Culture. Scott Froschauer’s homage to these principles is a representation of his desire to bring the culture of Burning Man out of Black Rock City and into the rest of the world. The signs are built to Department of Transportation specification, so they follow the rules of this world while carrying the massage of the Burning Man world.
Scott’s series of street signs, called The Word on The Street, can be found in front yards, municipal parks, libraries and public spaces around the country. This particular piece was at Burning Man 2017 and is also going to be represented at the “No Spectators, The Art of Burning Man” show at the Renwick Gallery of The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, opening in March of 2018.
MAYA’S MIND by Mischell Riley is a 15 foot bronze bust of Maya Angelou. You can walk inside her mind and see and read her poetry and life story.
SUNRISE SUNSET HORSESHOE BENCH by Mike Grey
Stacie Mathewson Center – DOORS TO RECOVERY
SCULTURA DI COLLETIVO is a sculpture of wings preparing to take flight inspired by the drawings of 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.
by Liquid PXL
, lead artist Abram Santa Cruz
Electric Dandelions are three 23-27 ft tall dandelion sculptures that double as fireworks at night. They come with a sound reactive controller and are iPad controlled.
“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.”
DAYDREAM – Mural by Joe C. Rock
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