THE TREE OF LIFE
At Black Rock City, 2019
The Tree of Life Project is a long term art, innovation and environmentalism project with the objective to transform and improve our relationship with the natural world. The project includes the creation of a large scale interactive art and architecture piece, and the long term activation of programs that are focused on environmentalism. The 10-story art piece, reminds us of our deep connection with each other and all life on this planet, while inviting us to participate in opportunities of transformation and creative interactivity. This large-scale art installation will be showcased at Burning Man 2019, and placed in a permanent location after. We are grateful to have received an Honorarium from Burning Man Arts and thankful for all the volunteers helping with this vision.
ARCHITECTURE
Main Structure
Made of Glulam, an innovative building material sustainably produced from the forest and unique metal connectors that allow the piece to be modular and be built in 2 weeks.

Walkway & Stairs
Spiraling walkway around the 75ft. atrium space.

Facade & Canopy
Made of tension fabric, recycled netting and branches. The canopy extends 30ft to the sky.

With this structure, we want to inspire new architectural possibilities.


EXPERIENCE
The Roots- Performance space
Activated with an ambisonic or 4D sound system.


The Atrium- Ambisonic sound system
Bathes participants in a field of soundscapes, with the vibrations of nature, the 7 chakras, light and sound.


The Canopy- Temple of the Stars
A place for you to feel the interactive exchange between earth and space, nature and technology.


BUILDING PROCESS
We are building this art piece through sustainable and innovative practices to live in one of the most extreme environments on Earth at Burning Man.
This piece demonstrates new levels of architectural possibility and communicates the priority of sustainability. The main structure is made of Glulam, a renewable building material sustainably harvested from the forest along with recycled steel, aluminum, and fabric.
Computer modeling allows us to design for extreme environments while saving time, money and minimizing risk. The computer modeling process has given us the opportunity to test every single part of the design and save time in building by optimizing the process Connecting our digitals models directly with CNC robots cuts the Glulam pieces to the perfect size and specification needed.
Creating the steel connectors was an intellectually intensive process, that resulted in finding a design that allows us to optimize the installation process and reduce installation time. With our growing community we are crafting the sunrise and sunset faces that personify the Tree of Life and the fabric art that adorns the trunk and canopy.

We invite you to participate and get involved in the process of creating!


INTERACTIVITY
The Tree of Life is a 110-foot tall art piece that activates an ancient symbol and invites you on a journey through life. It is an interactive art and architecture sculpture created for you to come play and awaken your senses.
As you enter the piece, you will be among the roots where an ambisonic sound space is brought to life with captivating performances and gatherings. A 90ft tall central light and sound atrium moves you through the heart of the tree. Ascending the atrium staircase, you are embraced by the vibrations and frequencies of the seven chakras through the ambisonic surround sound.
At the top, you arrive in the Temple of the Stars, a place to spend time friends contemplating the wonders of Black Rock City.

The Tree of Life is your home to feel into the interactive exchange between the earth and space, nature and technology, in which both the internal journey and external expression are brought together.


We invite you to be part of the team by giving life to the Tree of Life.


The roots, inspired by the Puna Trees
INSPIRATION & MESSAGE
The Tree of Life is inspired by and in tribute to the tragedy of the Columbia Gorge fire in Oregon, followed by the North Bay and Thomas fires in California. Through the process of giving life to this piece and activating it as a portal for creativity, it is our goal to create stronger awareness and processes of action for stewarding and caring for the forests and the ecosystems that support our lives.
We want to live in a world where ecosystems are valued and humans live in harmony with planet Earth. We want to bring the presence of an old growth tree to the playa as a monument to nature imbuing it with the life and magic of Black Rock City. By creating this piece we honor those beings affected by the fires and want to assist in creating a change where human relationships with the forests become stronger and fires are stewarded as a natural process of the ecosystem without harming our homes and destroying the forest canopy.

We are committed to creatively work on solutions to the challenges facing our world's natural environments.This movement does not end with this art piece, it is a beginning.

We invite you to the possibility of creatively reconnecting with natural environments and become active stewards of our lands.


EXPERENTIAL TECHNOLOGY
Highlighting the experiential technology is an ambisonic surround sound system and a lighting system that mirrors the movement of people and light patterns in nature. Within the Tree of Life the sound and light atrium experience can take human consciousness from linear to spherical.


Ambisonic Sound System
POST PLAYA LIFE

The Tree of Life will have a long life after Burning Man as a center for creativity, knowledge sharing and healing. After Burning Man we will transport the piece to its permanent location and continue to host a variety of gatherings, workshops and ceremonies. This will enhance the growth of the project into its fullest potential as an incubator for creativity and education. We are excited for the community that attracts and houses the Tree of Life!
We are currently talking with various communities about where and how it will live after Burning Man 2019.

Thank you for your support!!

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