FabLab Partners with Renowned Artist for Radical Temple Project

FabLab Partners with Renowned Artist for Radical Temple Project

Following the success of Lumiere in December 2013 as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations, creative company Artichoke has announced it will return to the city in March 2015 to work alongside FabLab Nerve Centre on a radical arts project inspired by the Burning Man Festival.

'Temple' is a peacemaking project by Californian artist David Best, conceived and produced by Artichoke and supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Members of the local community in Derry~Londonderry and Nerve Centre staff will work with Best and his team to build an elaborate temporary artwork which will be visible across the city.

Artist David Best is famous for his soaring ornately-carved temples, which are ceremonially burnt at the end of the Burning Man Festival that takes place each year in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA.

FabLab will provide training for up to 20 young people in Computer Aided Design (CAD) to laser-cut the Temple's intricate panels from recycled plywood, before the decorative edifice is built on a 12-acre site on the Waterside.

John Peto, Director of Education at Nerve Centre, said: 'The Temple project excites us on every level. Bringing state of the art digital skills to young people in the city whilst working alongside one of the most exciting and creative artists in the world today is a fantastic opportunity for all of the participants and we are delighted to be able to support the project through the FabLab.'

FabLab team member Delia Millan Martinez was amongst a group handpicked to travel to this year's Burning Man Festival to experience Best's unique, collaborative way of working in witnessing the build of the 'Temple of Grace' and to gain an understanding of the scale of the project coming to Derry~Londonderry.

Once the Temple is finished, visitors will be invited visit this elaborate temporary pavilion over several days. As at Burning Man, visitors will be able to use it as a space for contemplation and remembrance, and to leave mementos, messages and photographs in its interior. Following this period, Temple and its contents will be ceremonially torched by those who have built it.

Best’s creations have become symbols of recovery and renewal. In Derry~Londonderry, Temple will acknowledge the strong tradition of bonfire burning in Northern Ireland, replacing old sectarian associations of burning with a powerful moment that will transform perceptions and create a spirit of cross-community collaboration.

Artichoke is still fundraising for the project and has linked the launch of its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to this year’s United Nations International Day of Peace.

The company is seeking to raise a further £30,000 through Kickstarter, the online crowdfunding platform, to help with project costs. Donors will receive a range of 'rewards' in exchange for their support, including original signed artwork by the artist and a top-tier reward of a helicopter flight over Derry for an aerial view of Temple from the sky.

The Kickstarter campaign is now live at www.kickstarter.com/profile/artichoketrust.

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