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11 January 2018

Burning Man, a new Temple for 2018: Galaxia

Galaxia is a spiraling wooden pavilion structure, in which center lies a giant 3D-printed mandala. Designed by Arthur Mamou-Mami, it will play a key role in the next Black Rock City festival


Galaxia is a spiraling wooden pavilion structure that has been officially selected as the main temple to be built at Burning Man’s festival this year in Nevada

Eight days of art exhibitions, performances, workshops and games marked by creativity and the importance of self-expression. This is the Burning Man festival, Black Rock City, Nevada: a sort of contemporary Woodstock since 1986, but without any superstars: each participant is, in fact the real protagonist.

Read also → Philippe Glade ha immortalato le architetture effimere del Burning Man

The festival, which will take place from 26 August to 3 September 2018, will feature the new 2018 Temple Galaxia designed by architect Arthur Mamou-Mani, who explains: “Galaxia celebrates hope in the unknown, stars, planets, black holes. In everything that moves and connects us in swirling galaxies of dreams. A superior form of Gaia in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, Galaxia is the ultimate network, the fabric of the universe connecting living beings into one entity.”

This is the metaphysic meaning of the structure, shaped of 20 timber trusses converging as a spiral towards one point in the sky. The triangular trusses form different paths towards a central space holding a giant 3D printed mandala, the heart of Galaxia.

In Buddhist and Hindu tradition, mandalas are representations of the cosmos. The wooden structure’s basic units provide small alcoves along the paths for visitors to read or relax undisturbed.

As participants walk through the path, the timber modules lift up and become thinner and thinner towards the sky as people reach the central mandala.

The whole structure perfectly embodies the architectural tendency of French-born, London-based Mamou-Mani, with his studio of the same name specializing in a cutting-edge kind of architecture, digitally planned and developed. It is not without reason that he additionally owns a digital fabrication laboratory called the Fab.Pub besides being a professor at Westminster University.

Over the last few years Mamou-Mani and his students have created a series of installations for Black Rock City, including the Infinity Tree and Tangential Dreams, the winner of the Architizer A+ Award in 2016.

As a champion of a new construction approach, the architect will find it a meaningful undertaking to build the new Temple. At the same time, it means the possibility to create a dreamlike space for thousands of people willing to experience an unforgettable, unique event.

Mamou-Mani invites visitors to partake in the construction of the Temple – not just physically, but through a tax-deductible donation by clicking on the Burning Man Project website. 

by Elena Marzorati / 11 January 2018


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