Burning Man 2012 Honorarium Art Projects Announced

The Temple of Juno, by David Best

This year, a record 349 applicants submitted grant proposals seeking almost $5 million in total funding. The grant committee did the difficult work to winnow down this list to 47 projects, awarding more than $700,000 – the most ever, and a $100,000 increase over last year. This year’s list of artists includes many returning artists, as well as some new blood. We’re also very excited to announce that David Best — Burning Man’s original Temple builder — will return after a three-year hiatus to build the Temple of Juno this year.

Thank you to all who submitted grant proposals, and congratulations to this year’s honorarium artists … we’re very excited by this year’s artistic offering. Here’s the full list of the honorarium art projects for 2012:

Almost — Michael Christian — Berkeley, CA — http://michaelchristian.com/

Arc Harps — Jen Lewin — Boulder, CO — http://jenlewinstudio.com/community-sculpture/the-arc-harps/

Bapteme De Feu 2.0 — Anton Viditz-Ward — Telluride, CO — http://www.totallyawesomewow.com/Baptemedefeu/bapteme_du_feu.html

Bicycle Arpeggio — George Rahi — Bellingham, WA — http://publiksecrets.wordpress.com/bicycle-arpeggio-a-burning-man-art-project/

Burn Wall Street — Otto Von Danger — Oakland, CA — http://burnwallstreet.net/

Char Wash — Christopher Schardt — Oakland, CA — http://schardt.org/

City Of Lights — Gary Long — Los Angeles, CA — http://burningtribe.com/

Dragon Smelter — Daniel Macchiarini — San Francisco, CA — http://www.macreativedesign.com/public/bm.html

EGO — Laura Kimpton & Michael Garlington — Vineburg, CA — http://laurakimpton.com/about/

Front Porch — Zac Carroll — Mill Valley, CA — http://www.thefrontporchandbessie.com/

Fusion Fire — Team What-Dat-Do — Seattle, WA — http://fusionfireart.tumblr.com/

Harmonic Fire Pendula — Matthew Dockrey — Seattle, WA — http://attoparsec.com/artifacts/harmonicfirependula.html

Labyrinth Of Colorful Cloud — Rob Fischer — Brooklyn, NY — http://www.gofundme.com/fvh50&aff=GFMse

Luminous Passage 2.0 — Predock Frane Architects vs. Anderson — San Francisco, CA

Lune & Tide — Sarah Cockings & Laurence Symonds — London, UK

Man Pavilion Pistil — Gregg Fleishman — Oakland, CA — http://www.greggfleishman.com/

MetaMorph — Chelsea Jenkins — Alta Loma, CA

Mooving Sculpture — David Boyer — Reno, NV — http://www.boyersculpture.com/index.html

Murmuration — Jeff Maguire — Santa Monica, CA — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0spySCNqfoM

Neverwas Haul — Shannon O’Hare — Vallejo, CA — http://neverwashaul.com/

Otic Oasis 2.0 — Gregg Fleishman (Artist) & Melissa Barron (Concept) — Oakland, CA — http://www.greggfleishman.com/

Perception In The Absence Of Reality — David Clay (playa name Egg Shen) — Seattle, WA — http://daveclay.com/blackrockcity/

Pier 2 — Matt Schultz/The Pier Group — Carnelian Bay, CA — http://photoscribbles.tumblr.com/

Pins — Tom Woodall — Kennewick, WA

Pyropodium — Noah Rosenthal and Nathan Clark — Cleveland Heights, OH

Remembering Cap’n Jim — Dave Power — Pagosa Springs, CO

Reno Star — Mark Szulgit — Sebastapol, CA

Serpent Twins — Jon Sarriugarte & Kyrsten Mate — Oakland, CA — http://formandreform.com/wordpress/?page_id=4444

Singularity Transmissions — Troy Stanley and TEAM RX/TX — Houston, TX — http://www.singularitytransmissions.com/

Star Seed — Kate Raudenbush — New York, NY — http://www.kateraudenbush.com/

Starport 2.012 (Cafe Portal) — Carey Thompson — Novato, CA — http://www.galactivation.com/

Sub-Sonarium — Benjamin Carpenter & Daniel Yasmin — Oakland, CA — http://www.benjamincarpenter.com/backbone-radiation/the-sub-sonarium/

Sun Bugs — Adel Kerpely — Brooklyn, NY — http://adelkerpely.com/

Super Street Fire — Seth Hardy & Site 3 coLaboratory — Toronto, Canada — http://site3.ca/projects/superstreetfire/

The Temple Of Juno — David Best — Petaluma, CA — http://thetemplecrew.org/juno.html

Tesseract — James Reinhardt & Scott Chico Raskey — Seattle, WA

Third Space at Burning Man — Alexander Rehn & Greutmann & Bolzern — San Francisco, CA

Through The Gorilla Glass — GUILD – Spencer Rand, Johnathan Wong, Andrea Ling, Patrick Svilans and Jonah Humphrey — Toronto, Canada — http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/exhibition.aspx?zone=B&mapID=6

Timing Is Everything — Charlie Smith — Atlanta, GA — http://www.howhowhow.com/

Transcendental Cube — Joseph Quinn — Los Angeles, CA

Transformoney Tree — Dadara — Amsterdam, Netherlands — http://blog.artasmoney.com/blog/transformoney-tree-burning-man-2012/

Tree Of Transmutation — Kevin Christman — Talent, OR — http://kevinchristman.com/

Universe Revolves Around You — Zachary Coffin — Atlanta, GA — http://www.zacharycoffin.com/

Yoga Robot — Scott Harris — Telluride, CO

Zoa — Flux Foundation — San Francisco, CA — http://fluxfoundation.org/zoa/

Zonotopia and the Two Trees — Rob Bell — San Francisco, CA http://www.indiegogo.com/Zonotopia

About the author: Will Chase

Will Chase

Will Chase is Burning Man's former Minister of Propaganda, working on global communications strategy. He was the editor-in-chief for the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter and the Burning Man Journal, and content manager for Burning Man’s web properties. He also oversaw the ePlaya BBS and Burning Man’s social media presence. Will first attended Burning Man in 2001. He volunteered as the Operations Manager for the ARTery (Black Rock City’s art HQ) and was on the Burning Man Art Council from 2003-2008. He was Web Team Project Manager and Webmaster from 2004 until he transitioned to the Communications Department in 2009.

8 Comments on “Burning Man 2012 Honorarium Art Projects Announced

  • Mr. Mackey says:


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  • floyd says:

    like all the ones david best & co built. the attention to detail and all the squiggly forms and patterns… it's just… MIND BLOWING!!! can't wait :)

    see you on the playa!

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  • Samsa Lila says:

    The Temple seems to be a perfect balance to last years. So good. Is it Pier 30 yet?

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  • cult says:

    AWESOME — i really hope that the concept for the man illustrated on the home page is a joke. If it isnt i would recommend stepping it up – looks lame, to be brutaly honest

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  • John says:

    Ok Mr. Best, let’s try our Best not to get a DUI this time around. LOL

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  • Haim says:

    David , the one and only . Thank you that you are coming back home ,
    and what a stunning creation!! Only a genius like you is able to create such beautiful art , and give us, the small Grain ,to be , and see , and feel it , on tha playa .
    Right now ( After I saw the drawings) I cannot wait , until I could see it
    on the playa.

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  • Amanda says:

    Why does Burning Man give grants to projects that have already been created and have already been out there? And, more importantly, why would anyone give a grant to an art project that already got a grant just last year for the SAME art project? I am very confused here. If a record 349 people submitted grant applications, there were obviously plenty of new ideas. Why not give someone else a chance?

    grumble grumble.

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  • Zoe Collins says:

    I dislike reading time-consuming articles, only because i have got a small amount
    of dislexia, but i really loved this one

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