Frequently Asked Questions

General

There's no way this will ever come to fruition. I (Zhust) am just doing it as a design exercise.

First, it would require a committed leadership team of five to ten people, of whom I know zero. I'm surly and petty and have no business leading anyone.

Second, it there are insurmountable practical concerns. Designing such a structure in ideal circumstances (where a solid foundation is possible, for instance) would be a challenge to any architect. Building it on the Playa is out of the question.

Finally, the most difficult parts are what I consider absolutely necessary for the construction: that it be a free-standing tree-like structure which people would climb upon, and which would burn in such a way that it would spontaneously collapse. If any of those critical aspects can't be met, it's not the Temple I envisioned, and I'd want no part in creating.

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Category: Philosophy

The burning of the Temple is when the spiritual tension built during Burning Man is released. It is the time when the Temple transitions from "burning" to "burned." It must be an instant. Bold. Definitive.

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Category: Philosophy

Trees are have been sanctuary to humans for as long as both have coexisted. Trees provide shade from the hot sun as well as shelter from wind and rain. Climbing a tree, one can escape predators and obtain a view of surrounding terrain. They exude sublime beauty—from the structure of a single leaf to the competitive harmony of a forest, they have been inspiration for artists for all time.

We have mimicked these features in our shelters and lookouts, using the very wood of the tree as raw material. Taming fire, wood was our first fuel source, changing the way we interacted with the world.

But through the most recent centuries, we have lost our respect and reverence for our friend the tree. We treat it as a resource—to be harvested, burned, wasted, farmed, sold, and consumed. We have disconnected ourselves from the life that is the trees. Trees have become a disposable commodity.

But only once we cut down the last tree will we realize our error—and we will build an artificial totem to try and recreate the trees. That is this Temple. Made of the wood of dead trees, we will it to life.

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Category: Philosophy

In one sense, using pallet wood is a way to package our messages for shipment. In another, it is to embody the wood with reverence again—to pick up this disposable resource of world trade and to touch it and imbue it with respect and spiritual value once again.

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Philosophy

There's no way this will ever come to fruition. I (Zhust) am just doing it as a design exercise.

First, it would require a committed leadership team of five to ten people, of whom I know zero. I'm surly and petty and have no business leading anyone.

Second, it there are insurmountable practical concerns. Designing such a structure in ideal circumstances (where a solid foundation is possible, for instance) would be a challenge to any architect. Building it on the Playa is out of the question.

Finally, the most difficult parts are what I consider absolutely necessary for the construction: that it be a free-standing tree-like structure which people would climb upon, and which would burn in such a way that it would spontaneously collapse. If any of those critical aspects can't be met, it's not the Temple I envisioned, and I'd want no part in creating.

 21,615 total views,  3 views today

Category: Philosophy

The burning of the Temple is when the spiritual tension built during Burning Man is released. It is the time when the Temple transitions from "burning" to "burned." It must be an instant. Bold. Definitive.

 21,588 total views,  3 views today

Category: Philosophy

Trees are have been sanctuary to humans for as long as both have coexisted. Trees provide shade from the hot sun as well as shelter from wind and rain. Climbing a tree, one can escape predators and obtain a view of surrounding terrain. They exude sublime beauty—from the structure of a single leaf to the competitive harmony of a forest, they have been inspiration for artists for all time.

We have mimicked these features in our shelters and lookouts, using the very wood of the tree as raw material. Taming fire, wood was our first fuel source, changing the way we interacted with the world.

But through the most recent centuries, we have lost our respect and reverence for our friend the tree. We treat it as a resource—to be harvested, burned, wasted, farmed, sold, and consumed. We have disconnected ourselves from the life that is the trees. Trees have become a disposable commodity.

But only once we cut down the last tree will we realize our error—and we will build an artificial totem to try and recreate the trees. That is this Temple. Made of the wood of dead trees, we will it to life.

 21,609 total views,  3 views today

Category: Philosophy

In one sense, using pallet wood is a way to package our messages for shipment. In another, it is to embody the wood with reverence again—to pick up this disposable resource of world trade and to touch it and imbue it with respect and spiritual value once again.

 21,581 total views,  3 views today

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Design

There's no way this will ever come to fruition. I (Zhust) am just doing it as a design exercise.

First, it would require a committed leadership team of five to ten people, of whom I know zero. I'm surly and petty and have no business leading anyone.

Second, it there are insurmountable practical concerns. Designing such a structure in ideal circumstances (where a solid foundation is possible, for instance) would be a challenge to any architect. Building it on the Playa is out of the question.

Finally, the most difficult parts are what I consider absolutely necessary for the construction: that it be a free-standing tree-like structure which people would climb upon, and which would burn in such a way that it would spontaneously collapse. If any of those critical aspects can't be met, it's not the Temple I envisioned, and I'd want no part in creating.

 21,616 total views,  4 views today

Category: Philosophy

The burning of the Temple is when the spiritual tension built during Burning Man is released. It is the time when the Temple transitions from "burning" to "burned." It must be an instant. Bold. Definitive.

 21,589 total views,  4 views today

Category: Philosophy

Trees are have been sanctuary to humans for as long as both have coexisted. Trees provide shade from the hot sun as well as shelter from wind and rain. Climbing a tree, one can escape predators and obtain a view of surrounding terrain. They exude sublime beauty—from the structure of a single leaf to the competitive harmony of a forest, they have been inspiration for artists for all time.

We have mimicked these features in our shelters and lookouts, using the very wood of the tree as raw material. Taming fire, wood was our first fuel source, changing the way we interacted with the world.

But through the most recent centuries, we have lost our respect and reverence for our friend the tree. We treat it as a resource—to be harvested, burned, wasted, farmed, sold, and consumed. We have disconnected ourselves from the life that is the trees. Trees have become a disposable commodity.

But only once we cut down the last tree will we realize our error—and we will build an artificial totem to try and recreate the trees. That is this Temple. Made of the wood of dead trees, we will it to life.

 21,610 total views,  4 views today

Category: Philosophy

In one sense, using pallet wood is a way to package our messages for shipment. In another, it is to embody the wood with reverence again—to pick up this disposable resource of world trade and to touch it and imbue it with respect and spiritual value once again.

 21,582 total views,  4 views today

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—Lighting

There's no way this will ever come to fruition. I (Zhust) am just doing it as a design exercise.

First, it would require a committed leadership team of five to ten people, of whom I know zero. I'm surly and petty and have no business leading anyone.

Second, it there are insurmountable practical concerns. Designing such a structure in ideal circumstances (where a solid foundation is possible, for instance) would be a challenge to any architect. Building it on the Playa is out of the question.

Finally, the most difficult parts are what I consider absolutely necessary for the construction: that it be a free-standing tree-like structure which people would climb upon, and which would burn in such a way that it would spontaneously collapse. If any of those critical aspects can't be met, it's not the Temple I envisioned, and I'd want no part in creating.

 21,617 total views,  5 views today

Category: Philosophy

The burning of the Temple is when the spiritual tension built during Burning Man is released. It is the time when the Temple transitions from "burning" to "burned." It must be an instant. Bold. Definitive.

 21,590 total views,  5 views today

Category: Philosophy

Trees are have been sanctuary to humans for as long as both have coexisted. Trees provide shade from the hot sun as well as shelter from wind and rain. Climbing a tree, one can escape predators and obtain a view of surrounding terrain. They exude sublime beauty—from the structure of a single leaf to the competitive harmony of a forest, they have been inspiration for artists for all time.

We have mimicked these features in our shelters and lookouts, using the very wood of the tree as raw material. Taming fire, wood was our first fuel source, changing the way we interacted with the world.

But through the most recent centuries, we have lost our respect and reverence for our friend the tree. We treat it as a resource—to be harvested, burned, wasted, farmed, sold, and consumed. We have disconnected ourselves from the life that is the trees. Trees have become a disposable commodity.

But only once we cut down the last tree will we realize our error—and we will build an artificial totem to try and recreate the trees. That is this Temple. Made of the wood of dead trees, we will it to life.

 21,611 total views,  5 views today

Category: Philosophy

In one sense, using pallet wood is a way to package our messages for shipment. In another, it is to embody the wood with reverence again—to pick up this disposable resource of world trade and to touch it and imbue it with respect and spiritual value once again.

 21,583 total views,  5 views today

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—Structural

There's no way this will ever come to fruition. I (Zhust) am just doing it as a design exercise.

First, it would require a committed leadership team of five to ten people, of whom I know zero. I'm surly and petty and have no business leading anyone.

Second, it there are insurmountable practical concerns. Designing such a structure in ideal circumstances (where a solid foundation is possible, for instance) would be a challenge to any architect. Building it on the Playa is out of the question.

Finally, the most difficult parts are what I consider absolutely necessary for the construction: that it be a free-standing tree-like structure which people would climb upon, and which would burn in such a way that it would spontaneously collapse. If any of those critical aspects can't be met, it's not the Temple I envisioned, and I'd want no part in creating.

 21,618 total views,  6 views today

Category: Philosophy

The burning of the Temple is when the spiritual tension built during Burning Man is released. It is the time when the Temple transitions from "burning" to "burned." It must be an instant. Bold. Definitive.

 21,591 total views,  6 views today

Category: Philosophy

Trees are have been sanctuary to humans for as long as both have coexisted. Trees provide shade from the hot sun as well as shelter from wind and rain. Climbing a tree, one can escape predators and obtain a view of surrounding terrain. They exude sublime beauty—from the structure of a single leaf to the competitive harmony of a forest, they have been inspiration for artists for all time.

We have mimicked these features in our shelters and lookouts, using the very wood of the tree as raw material. Taming fire, wood was our first fuel source, changing the way we interacted with the world.

But through the most recent centuries, we have lost our respect and reverence for our friend the tree. We treat it as a resource—to be harvested, burned, wasted, farmed, sold, and consumed. We have disconnected ourselves from the life that is the trees. Trees have become a disposable commodity.

But only once we cut down the last tree will we realize our error—and we will build an artificial totem to try and recreate the trees. That is this Temple. Made of the wood of dead trees, we will it to life.

 21,612 total views,  6 views today

Category: Philosophy

In one sense, using pallet wood is a way to package our messages for shipment. In another, it is to embody the wood with reverence again—to pick up this disposable resource of world trade and to touch it and imbue it with respect and spiritual value once again.

 21,584 total views,  6 views today

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Safety

There's no way this will ever come to fruition. I (Zhust) am just doing it as a design exercise.

First, it would require a committed leadership team of five to ten people, of whom I know zero. I'm surly and petty and have no business leading anyone.

Second, it there are insurmountable practical concerns. Designing such a structure in ideal circumstances (where a solid foundation is possible, for instance) would be a challenge to any architect. Building it on the Playa is out of the question.

Finally, the most difficult parts are what I consider absolutely necessary for the construction: that it be a free-standing tree-like structure which people would climb upon, and which would burn in such a way that it would spontaneously collapse. If any of those critical aspects can't be met, it's not the Temple I envisioned, and I'd want no part in creating.

 21,619 total views,  7 views today

Category: Philosophy

The burning of the Temple is when the spiritual tension built during Burning Man is released. It is the time when the Temple transitions from "burning" to "burned." It must be an instant. Bold. Definitive.

 21,592 total views,  7 views today

Category: Philosophy

Trees are have been sanctuary to humans for as long as both have coexisted. Trees provide shade from the hot sun as well as shelter from wind and rain. Climbing a tree, one can escape predators and obtain a view of surrounding terrain. They exude sublime beauty—from the structure of a single leaf to the competitive harmony of a forest, they have been inspiration for artists for all time.

We have mimicked these features in our shelters and lookouts, using the very wood of the tree as raw material. Taming fire, wood was our first fuel source, changing the way we interacted with the world.

But through the most recent centuries, we have lost our respect and reverence for our friend the tree. We treat it as a resource—to be harvested, burned, wasted, farmed, sold, and consumed. We have disconnected ourselves from the life that is the trees. Trees have become a disposable commodity.

But only once we cut down the last tree will we realize our error—and we will build an artificial totem to try and recreate the trees. That is this Temple. Made of the wood of dead trees, we will it to life.

 21,613 total views,  7 views today

Category: Philosophy

In one sense, using pallet wood is a way to package our messages for shipment. In another, it is to embody the wood with reverence again—to pick up this disposable resource of world trade and to touch it and imbue it with respect and spiritual value once again.

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Anything Else

There's no way this will ever come to fruition. I (Zhust) am just doing it as a design exercise.

First, it would require a committed leadership team of five to ten people, of whom I know zero. I'm surly and petty and have no business leading anyone.

Second, it there are insurmountable practical concerns. Designing such a structure in ideal circumstances (where a solid foundation is possible, for instance) would be a challenge to any architect. Building it on the Playa is out of the question.

Finally, the most difficult parts are what I consider absolutely necessary for the construction: that it be a free-standing tree-like structure which people would climb upon, and which would burn in such a way that it would spontaneously collapse. If any of those critical aspects can't be met, it's not the Temple I envisioned, and I'd want no part in creating.

 21,620 total views,  8 views today

Category: Philosophy

The burning of the Temple is when the spiritual tension built during Burning Man is released. It is the time when the Temple transitions from "burning" to "burned." It must be an instant. Bold. Definitive.

 21,593 total views,  8 views today

Category: Philosophy

Trees are have been sanctuary to humans for as long as both have coexisted. Trees provide shade from the hot sun as well as shelter from wind and rain. Climbing a tree, one can escape predators and obtain a view of surrounding terrain. They exude sublime beauty—from the structure of a single leaf to the competitive harmony of a forest, they have been inspiration for artists for all time.

We have mimicked these features in our shelters and lookouts, using the very wood of the tree as raw material. Taming fire, wood was our first fuel source, changing the way we interacted with the world.

But through the most recent centuries, we have lost our respect and reverence for our friend the tree. We treat it as a resource—to be harvested, burned, wasted, farmed, sold, and consumed. We have disconnected ourselves from the life that is the trees. Trees have become a disposable commodity.

But only once we cut down the last tree will we realize our error—and we will build an artificial totem to try and recreate the trees. That is this Temple. Made of the wood of dead trees, we will it to life.

 21,614 total views,  8 views today

Category: Philosophy

In one sense, using pallet wood is a way to package our messages for shipment. In another, it is to embody the wood with reverence again—to pick up this disposable resource of world trade and to touch it and imbue it with respect and spiritual value once again.

 21,586 total views,  8 views today

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