Derry Temple

The creative producers Artichoke have brought Burning Man artist David Best to the Derry. Together with people from across the local community, they’ve built a beautiful shared structure that will be ceremonially burnt. Temple turns traditional associations with bonfire burning in Northern Ireland on their head, and gets both sides of the community involved and working together. This was funded by kickstarter and took over two years to complete. I took a visit to the temple yesterday before it gets burned on saturday and its amazing! The detail of all the panels and woodwork is ridiculous and you can definitely understand why it took two years to create. The photos below are my own and it they really don’t do it any justice! DSC_0754 DSC_0756 DSC_0757 DSC_0769 DSC_0775 DSC_0784 Californian artist David Best began the tradition of building Temples at Burning Man in 2000, following the death of a crew member during construction on another project.  He has since built eight different structures at the event with the help of hundreds of volunteers and the Temple Crew.  Over the years these structures have taken on a spiritual significance, becoming spaces for remembrance and forgetting, each ritually burnt to the ground at the end of the event. Best has worked with communities in San Francisco and Detroit to build other Temples.  He also uses found objects to embellish cast porcelain figures and creates art cars. I info below was found in this article: Artichoke Director Helen Marriage, who coordinated their Lumiere City of Culture offering in Derry in 2013, claims she is delighted to be back in the city. “We first talked about doing this project when we were doing Lumiere, and I thought maybe it could be a part of that programme, but it was so huge and complicated that we decided to do it as a standalone legacy project which was a great reason to come back to the city,” she explains. Marriage was in America while planning Lumiere in late 2011, where the idea for the Derry temple project struck her. “I was thinking about traditions that exist in the community in Derry and the bonfire burning thing struck me,” she explained. “I was thinking about how different the values were around the bonfires in the North of Ireland and the bonfires at the Burning Man festival and how there is a completely different set of values, where the atmosphere is different and the intention is different,” she added. “I wondered whether it was possible to invite somebody to create that work and preserve the Burning Man values in a different context, so I talked to David about coming over and he was really interested to do it. “His main concern when building the Burning Man temples is the sort of social and spiritual wellbeing and peace that people achieve inside his work, as well as the cathartic moment of when its burnt and the hopes for the future that have been embedded in the structure disappear into the night sky. So he was very interested in translating that into a Derry context.” Info found here and here Some info on The Burning Man in Nevada which was inspiration for the project Website The burning man started in 1986 at 7 foot with 20 people watching, Last year it was 105 foot and over 65000 people attended. Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 11.46.44


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