Transmigration Wood Sculpture at Burning Man 2018

Burning Man 2018

Public Art Installation

This sculpture was inspired by the myth of the Phoenix. According to the Greek historian Herodotus (b: 484 BC), the phoenix was a beautiful, mythical bird from Ethiopia with elaborate plumage. This gorgeous bird made a nest of cypress branches and then set itself on fire. After three days, the phoenix emerged from its own ashes – reborn and released from the sentence of death, able to live on forever and thus serves as a symbol of hope and renewal.

The form of Transmigration is loosely based upon this plumage, not only of wings in flight but on fire. In the apex of the triangle, the Burning Man symbol is referenced as a subtle salute to the origins for this sculpture. The word “transmigration” means to pass from one place to another in the physical sense or spiritual in the theory of reincarnation. After the sculpture was displayed on the playa of Black Rock City, it was meant to be consigned to the flames and burned to the ground as a symbol of renewal. Due to management issues that never happened…so perhaps it will rise again…

View time lapse builds of Transmigration in a dust storm on the playa
View time lapse of clouds & bikes passing by Transmigration on the playa
View time lapse time lapse of Transmigration test builds in Chicago
Read A Tale of Storms & Sculptures …There & Back Again Burning Man 2018
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Transmigration
11h x 11l x 15w feet Wood
by Jyl Bonaguro with the support of BAAAHS Chicago & San Francisco and her Black Rock City build team Zachary Fietsch, Greg Slade, Stafford Brannan, Shelby Stark, Peter Winkler, Shorty Belle, Aaron Oppenheimer, Jeff Krucek, Therron Ricks, Ted Barrus, Ido Beeri, Shlomi Barak, Solomon Hursey, Oscar Groves, Ethel Bourbon, Bryan Thurston, Kevin Trujillo, Elizabeth Love, Jeff Zelnio, Ben Stroh and via the generous support of her Indiegogo campaign donors.