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Burning Man Temple 2017

by Temple Crew


The Temple is one of the main gathering places during Burning Man. With this year’s theme being Radical Ritual and with multiple temple projects being built on playa, this year more than ever the Temple will be at the center of the event. Thousands upon thousands of people walk and sit either alone or with their closest friends as they leave hand-scribed messages, photographs, poems and deeply connected personal items behind. The Temple holds this honor for all to mourn, grieve, and even celebrate significant milestones in their lives.

The Temple is a place of refuge, mourning, and healing. The burn on the final night is a solemn ritual; a cleansing, a rite of passage, a pyre. The Temple project is central to Burning Man – it is built by and for the community. The power of the Temple comes from the energy, dedication, and devotion that is built into it by its contributors (in building and in offerings). Join us and help continue this tradition of healing.

Help the Temple Crew build the 2017 Temple with a tax-deductible donation!

About this year’s temple:          

For the first time in Temple history, the lumber is coming from a very unusual and unexpected place. Throughout many of our forests, millions of trees still standing are either dead or dying caused by an infestation of bark beetles. These beetles took hold of the trees due to the human interruption of forest fire cycles and climate change. The dying and dead trees actually pose a real threat as they become kindling in a forest fire. We are partnered with a local Bay Area sawmill to mill these trees into usable lumber for our Temple. Learn more here:

Why we are fundraising: 

The Temple is supported in part by a grant from Burning Man. The rest is up to us: the volunteer crew and the entire community. This Hatchfund campaign is dedicated to pay for the costs of milling the donated Sierra Mountain timbers, steel bolts and fasteners, transportation of materials, and much needed tools to safely and accurately construct this solemn space. In addition, a portion of this fundraiser is earmarked for infrastructure during the month-long build in August on the playa.

Every contribution counts, whether you can afford $15 or $2,500, it makes a difference. It adds up and every time you share with your social circles, those numbers add up very quickly.

We thank you for your time, for your love and for your financial support. Together, we will gather once more at The Temple of Burning Man.

Help us spread the word about this year’s Temple:

Temple website

Temple Instagram: handle "temple_2017" and hashtag "#temple2017"

Temple Facebook page

Temple Facebook Volunteers Facebook page

Volunteer to help build the temple

Fill out a volunteer form on our website,

The Temple Crew and Lead Artists:

Building The Temple is a co-creative process. It starts with the Temple Crew - a group of old and young, veterans and newbies, who strive to ensure the wellbeing of each other with the understanding that no individual’s contribution is more or less important than another’s.

We assemble an inclusive team from diverse backgrounds. Many skills are required to create the Temple and the build is an opportunity to learn and grow. Up to 100 volunteers participate in the design of The Temple by creating decorative cladding. We emphasize training to ensure safety both on and off the playa. We ensure a safe environment through sobriety during work hours and through regular morning check-ins where individuals share what brings them to the build.

The lead artists have all been involved with temple design and planning.  Mark Sinclair was the lead structural engineer on the Temples in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Steve Brummond was an architect for the Temple in 2014 and 2016. Marisha Farnsworth has been a member of the Temple Crew since 2005, was on the design team in 2012, and was an architect for the Temple in 2014 and 2016.  All of the artists have also worked off-playa with David Best on Temples and other large scale art. All of the artists also work in a professional capacity as engineers, designers and artists in their own right. 

Marisha Farnsworth
Marisha Farnsworth is an artist whose large-scale public space interventions explore future ecosystems, infrastructural utopias and the social and economic implications of materiality in the built environment. Marisha is design director at the Hyphae Design Lab and teaches at Laney College where her students are working to build digitally fabricated housing for the homeless in Oakland, CA. Marisha has been working with David Best and the temple crew since 2005.
Steve Brummond
Steve is an artist/architect from Oakland. He skipped his first week of grad school to go to Burning Man and has been going ever since. Marisha, one of his grad school classmates, invited him to work with her on the 2014 Temple. Since then, he has been volunteering on Temple projects both on and off playa. He also works at a design firm in San Francisco that specializes in civic architecture around the Bay Area. 
Mark Sinclair
Mark is a structural engineer based in San Francisco. He has worked on many large and complex playa structures including the Temples in 2012 (Juno), 2014 (Grace), & 2016, the Man Base in 2007 (Green Man) & 2008 (American Dream), and Crude Awakening, also in 2008. Off-playa, he has provided structural design services for public/civic art projects via the Black Rock Arts Foundation, the City of San Francisco Arts Commission and other private clients, including The Hayes Green Temple, Temple of the American Dream, Flock, Passage, Ectasy, The Panhandle Bandshell and The Raygun Gothic Rocketship. He served on the board of directors of the Black Rock Arts Foundation from 2009 to 2014 and has attended Burning Man since 1997.


A sneak peak at some of our perks:

Temple 2017 T-Shirt

Temple 2017 Hoodie

Laser-etched Temple rendering into Temple Wood

Laser-cut scale model of the Temple