If you aren’t familiar with Burning Man, this is a festival, a living laboratory, that takes place every summer in the Nevada dessert. Guided by 10 principles (radical inclusion, self-reliance, self-expression; communal effort; civic responsibility; leaving no trace; participation; gifting, decommodification; and immediacy) Black Rock City is formed and enjoyed for 10 days. When it is over, they depart leaving no trace behind.
The art at Burning Man is stunning, visionary and a host of other descriptors. Today’s “take a break” is about creating a design for the 2016 event, which has the theme DaVinci’s Workshop. Inspired by the Italian Renaissance of the middle fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, when an historic convergence of inspired artistry, technical innovation and enlightened patronage launched Europe out of the dark ages and into modernity. Our story will focus on the republic of Florence, for it was here, in a city-state of about the same size and population as Black Rock City, that humanist ideals, a rediscovery of science, and funding from a newly moneyed class of entrepreneurs fueled a revolutionary cultural movement that redefined Western civilization. Five centuries later, we will attempt to recreate this potent social alchemy by combining Burning Man art, maker culture and creative philanthropy to make Black Rock City the epicenter of a new renaissance.
While there are lots of big art installations, there are also wonderful small art pieces such as the jewelry made there.
Big or small, start sketching or crafting art with the Da Vinci Notebook theme. Some links to help you get started: