Temple turned traditional associations with bonfire burning in Northern Ireland on their head
Bonfires have long been a part of Northern Ireland’s history. To some they are a time-honoured tradition, to others they create tension and division.
Artist David Best has a reputation for constructing huge, soaring temple structures at Burning Man in the Nevada Desert. Built with his volunteer Temple Crew, the structures have become a place for remembrance, their ritual burning an opportunity to let go of painful memories.
Artichoke planned to bring David to Derry~Londonderry to build a shared structure that would enable the local community to let go of the past and look to the future.
Over two years, we worked to realise the project. A Kickstarter campaign raised over £30,000 in 40 days. Finally, David arrived in early 2015 with his Temple Crew to begin work.
Joining 40 local unemployed volunteers, the team battled through rain, snow and high winds to build the 72ft high structure. Its timber frame was clad with intricate panels, some of which had been designed and cut by young people in the Nerve Centre’s Fablab.