Archaeopteryx

Client/Sponsor:

Burning Man

Year:

2019

Location:

Black Rock City, NV

Status:

Completed 2019 Burning Man Honorarium Recipient

Team:

Nicholas DeBruyne, Mark Ransley, David Smith, Alana Hutton-Shaw, Allison Horner, Erica DeBruyne, Valentyn Syenin, Emily Eve Shannon, Ali Vermilio, JP Thwaits, Mathias Gmachl, Marjorie and Michael DeBruyne

With special thanks to:
Typhaine Sotes, Katie Hazard, Ali Vermilio, Rhian Lowe, Richard Harding, Hugh Thomas, Natalie Nicole, DISORIENT, Ryan Donald, Rachelle Eisentrager, Kayleigh DeBruyne, Jay Dill, Jim & Barbara Vandygriff, Brenna Baily and Truckie, Monroe County Public Library, Hetal Patel, David & Martha Moore, Far Gallery, Ignition Arts, Jessica Fry & The Generator Reno, Charlotte Paul & SCORE, Shane Spring, Philippe Meicler, Owen Craven, Vincent Rommelaere, Dave Siegert, Dian Hartono, Canaan Folk-Reinke, Ted Werth, Don Papa Rum, Mary Gin, Kyunghee Mun, Marion Hunt, Torey Carrick, Chris & Kaitlyn Gin, Bill & Vicky Polanski, Cath Shannon, Susan Pritzker, Rebekah Nagy, Gina Vermilio-Shaw, Kevin Workman, Bob Vandygriff, Megan & Matt Wieck, Parker Walters, Loraine Martin, Madison Bischof, Ahmad Sadraei, Greg Gember, Gail & Steven Hale, Dave Askins & B Square Beacon, Jennifer Tilley & The Herald Times, Susan Kelly, Janice Lilly, Sarah Pugh, Sharon Mayell, Genna Dynice, Barbara Schuetter Dill, Sabrina Richter

Archaeopteryx (pronounced arch-ee-op-ter-rix) is a kinetic light sculpture that debuted at Burning Man Festival 2019, designed to bring people together.

Rising from the dust, our sculpture invited participants to touch, explore, and inhabit. In order to activate her fullest potential; people had to work together. Through collaboration, participants were able to mobilize her 20ft wingspan and activate beautiful illuminating light graphics.

Named after the first bird known to evolve from the ancient dinosaur, the work is centered around the theme of evolution. The Archaeopteryx marked an important leap in the story of evolution on earth, and the project is a physical and symbolic reminder that in order for humans to evolve, we must work together.

Publication:
Cogley, Bridget. “Large ‘Sail-Like Canopy’ Topped Burning Man Installation Archaeopteryx,” Dezeen, March 2020. web. https://www.dezeen.com/2020/03/19/archaeopteryx-wevolve-labs-burning-man-2019-nevada/

Tilley, Jenney. “Art on Fire,” The Herald Times, 2019. newsprint.
Askins, Dave. “A Portrait of the Artist,” B Square Beacon, 2019. web.

Award:
2019 Burning Man Honorarium
Award of Excellence, The Necklace Factory

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Axonometric view of Archaeopteryx

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