art installations

"the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls"

the mission; to change the paradigm of art from a commodified object to an interactive, participatory, shared experience of creative expression.

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community-driven, inclusive and interactive art is vital to a thriving culture. get inspired and get involved.

playa installations

2016

"octavius" by peter hazel

octavius is a giant octopus covered in a bright mosaic of hand-cut ceramic tiles in shades of orange, blue, and purple. the eyes and suckers are molded glass, and glow with the light of hundreds of led bulbs, symbolizing enlightenment from within. representative of the octopus spirit, octavius inspires the participant to adapt fluidly to new or uncertain circumstances and explore deeper emotions. he invites participants to open their hearts to the natural wonders of the world, deciphering complex puzzles and thus finding answers that may have seemed difficult or impossible at first.

@peterhazelart
@peterhazelart

what was the inspiration behind the art piece?

"i really wanted to create something extremely dynamic, and large enough for people to interact with.  such as slide on, or climb, or just you know, be able to touch and really engage with.  I have been building these large sea creatures for a while. I grew up right next to the ocean in half moon bay, ca and I have a really close connection to the ocean. i miss the water more often than not.  i think by making these large sea creatures, i feel closer to that part of me that grew up watching waves, hearing the pounding of water on the coastline. i also generally work in bright, powerful colors, and hope to brighten the auras of people that come into contact with my art.  i think that whether people are conscious of it or not, when they connect with my art they are connecting with water elementals and healing energy.  at least I hope so!"

what project(s) are you working on right now?

"right now we’re working on this massive jellyfish, which is going to be made of glass, metal, and a major interactive light display.  it’ll be heading out to this year’s burn and we’re really excited.  this piece will be around 50 feet tall, and people will be able to climb up through these crazy tentacles into a dome covered in thousands of smaller jellyfish, that will have telescopes, but will also be a space for meditation and reflection.  we’re jokingly calling it an underwater desert spy station. we’re hoping to challenge people’s notion of perception and reality with this piece, as it will definitely be very trippy sensory experience.  that’s all we can tell you right now, but you’ll definitely see it out on the playa this year" 

tell us about your other projects.

"my studio is always slammed.  i've really gotten into fused glass as of lately, and recently I moved into this bad ass 60,000 sq. ft. art co-working space called artech out in nw reno that is the jam in reno right now.  we’re collaborating with a bunch of artists in this spot to make some pretty cool stuff, and just generally working really hard to make a ton of art.  I spend most of our energy on public art installations, and just scored a major sculpture through the City of reno going in virginia lakes in the coming months"  

@peterhazelart
@peterhazelart

do you collect anything?

nothing.  i am a total minimalist.  i tend to try and practice as much non-attachment as possible in life 

what's the most indispensable item in your studio?

my kilns.  seems like a pretty boring answer, but those kilns make pure magic.  every time I put something in and walk away for a day, or however long it takes to cook, I am the most restless person ever.  like a kid on christmas morning.  The kilns are key to this whole operation 

any suggestions for future participants in creating their own playa art?

throw away your tv.  focus.  dig deep into your own soul and figure out what sets you on fire.  don’t look at other people’s art and try and find inspiration there, look at your own life, your own passions and create from within.  and plan to devote your life to this. 

creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. art is knowing which ones to keep 

"renaixement" by pink intruder (miguel arraiz + david moreno)

combination of geometry and sculpture with technics used in fallas festival from valencia, spain. a reinterpretation of grotesque decorations from valencia silk market, unesco heritage building from xv century.

a golden cube in the desert to attract people to its inside, where they become part of an art installation that mixes the contemporary language of the latticed architecture of the pavilion with the cardboard pieces and molds of a traditional fallas guild. the cube lays over a wooden mosaic of 25.321 pieces assembled by social collectives. the debate between tratition and contemporary is held over the floor that has been built by the collectivity. nor the tradition nor the experimentation have a future without communal effort. to the effort of building this art piece lighting studio radiante joined to create a visual show during the night that pretended to maximize the debate between ancestral and contemporary.

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valencia, home of fallas fire festival and da vinci have a point in common. the borgia family. while da vinci worked in rome for pope alexander vi. the borgia family built a palace that is now house of our government. while in valencia the holy inquisition had the power, the civil society was building a building for trade. the silk market is one of the most important medieval secular buildings in europe. It is adorned with many grotesque scenes and obscene figures that was how people was facing against powerful church. that spirit that valencia people has to face against power is part of our culture and the main reason of fallas. to make fun of power.

@pink_intruder
@pink_intruder
@pink_intruder
@pink_intruder

tell us a little about yourself

im an architect based in valencia, spain, where we have a historical tradition called "fallas" of building big cardboard sculptures in the street and set them afire during the night of 19th march.

what inspired you to create the renaixement project?

the main inspiration or goal was to use the art as the gate that connects two worlds far away one from the other in distance but with a lot of connections around creativity, community and fire. a part from that the piece was inspired in a xv century building in valencia "the silk market", and was showing some values that we thought were important to share. one value was the power and strength of the community and working together. that's why all the floor of the art piece was a wooden mosaic made of more than 25.000 pieces that were assembled by more than 300 people of different associations in our city. other value was the importance of our tradition, that's why we covered the skin with cardboard masks, made by artisans and recovered from old molds, some of them more than 60 years old.

And finally the idea was to show a contemporary image,  because even we belong to a tradition with more than 200 years there's still room to push forward and try to innovate

 

@pink_intruder
@pink_intruder

are you currently working on other projects?

our other projects always related to Las fallas and the tradition of burning them (you can see some of them at www.pinkintruder.com) always try to recover the public space, not to appear as and sculpture in the middle of a crossroad. we always think in the interaction with people passing by. to create a surprise, to change the space, to improve the public space, but always to tell a story. right now we still working in renaixement project, it is back to valencia where we burned the piece in march.

@pink_intruder
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do you collect anything?

i collect glassmats, or coasters, don´t know which word do you use in the states, don´t know why, it´s something i started as a kid, and i keep on doing that

any suggestions for future participants in creating their own playa art?

nature, the power of nature in brc is tremendous, you need to feel those winds, those storms, those changes of temperature before creating art on the playa. that and having a big group of people to share your dream.

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@pink_intruder

the louvre in paris claims to be the largest gallery in the world, but for one week each year, it is dwarfed by a temporary city dedicated to artistic self-expression. the best part? in this gallery, all of the art is interactive. you can climb it, touch it, and become an integral part of it.


"tangential dreams" by arthur mamou-mani, toby burgess, aaron porterfield, philippe olivier

tangential dreams is a climbable sinuous tower made from off-the-shelf timber and digitally designed via algorithmic rules. one thousand “tangent” thin wooden pieces are held in position via horizontal pieces rotating along a central axis, gently moving in the wind like leaves of a giant tree. the piece is reminiscent of leonardo’s vitruvian man’s movement and helicoid inventions as well as his deep, systematic, understanding of the rules behind form to create art. from a wooden flame all the way to a giant desert cactus, the complex simplicity of the art piece will trigger many interpretations, many dreams. 

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history

we came four years in a row as wewanttolearn, as a collective of tutors (with toby burgess) and students from the university of westminster.

our idea was to teach architecture through the 10 principles, realising a project full scale in the desert. 

this year we came with a team of professionals to push the limits of what was possible.

what was the inspiration behind the art piece?

flames, i wanted to build a project that resembles a giant flame.

tell us about your other projects.

in 2013 we built fractal cult (design by georgia-rose collard-watson) and shipwreck (design by thanasis korras), in 2014 one of our students went with a team to build hayam (design by josh haywood) then in 2015 we build three projects, the infinity tree (design by tobias power), bismuth bivouac (design by jon leung) and reflection (design by lorna jackson)

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architizer a+ award - commercial-pop-ups & temporary. congrats.

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