So I flipped flopped about Burning Man. After all that ranting and raving about how I couldn’t bear the thought of packing and doing all that’s involved in planning for the event, I decided to GO.
There’s really only one reason I decided to go. It wasn’t that this year is the 25th anniversary. It wasn’t that the most amazing art ever is coming this year. It’s not that I love everyone that I work with at the ARTery and consider them family. All that is true, but I really decided to go because of one man.
Bryan Tedrick is one of my two all-time favorite installation artists.
The other one is Peter Hudson.
When I saw the description and rendering of the work that Bryan is bringing to the playa this year, I said, “Pack your bags, girlfriend, there’s no way you’re going to miss that.”
by Bryan Tedrick, Glen Ellen, CA
Minaret is a 50′ tower that can be scaled externally to the midpoint, then entered into and climbed to the top. A latticed stainless steel dome on top allows people to see out without danger of falling. The tower is in 6 sections. The bottom 3 are based on the vertebra of a lion. Steel and redwood will be combined to form a climbable structure. The upper 3 sections are painted to resemble snake skin and are smooth on the exterior to discourage people climbing externally. An interior access portal allows people to climb up to the dome. Light and sound effects will enhance the experience, especially when climbing internally.
Given that he’s done these pieces below, it’s obvious that the Minaret will be a masterpiece. Cannot wait to climb it!