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Burning Man unveils new temple for 2020 festival

Burning Man unveils new temple for 2020 festival

The structure is entitled Empyrean

Burning Man have revealed the design for the festival's 2020 temple.

In line with this year's festival theme, Multiverse, which is centered around "the quantum kaleidoscope of possibility, the infinite realities of the multiverse, and our own superpositioning as actors and observers in the cosmic Cacophony of resonant strings", the new temple is entitled Empyrean.

Designed by artists Laurence “Renzo” Verbeck and Sylvia Adrienne Lisse, who designed the 2019 Burning Man temple, the structure consists of an eight-point star, spanning 200 feet in diameter, and reaching 70 feet at its highest point. In medieval cosmology, the word Empyrean represents the highest celestial point of human beings, where cosmic dimensions and humanity can come together.

Katie Hazard, Associate Director for Burning Man Arts, said of the temple in the Burning Man journal: "Every year, we explore a spectrum of design submissions from our community’s artists and builders, and we approach our decision with the goal of creating a special physical space on playa for Black Rock City’s citizens to share their reflections. 

Empyrean was chosen for its lovely geometry and inclusive design, as well as for its strong leads and crew who have demonstrated the experience, integrity and feasibility necessary to create this unique space. We can’t wait to see their vision come to life!"

Burning Man 2020 will take place August 30th to September 7th, in Black Rock Desert in Nevada.

In 2019, the festival's growth to 100,000 attendees was rejected by authorities. 

Watch the video below to see the Empyrean temple design.