As part of today’s VDF collaboration with Arthur Mamou-Mani, the French architect shares previously unseen aerial footage of his Galaxia temple at the 2018 Burning Man festival.
Mamou-Mani designed Galaxia, which is formed of 20 timber trusses that converge as a spiral towards one point in the sky. The triangular trusses form different paths towards a central space holding a giant 3D-printed mandala, the heart of Galaxia.
The theme of the festival that year was “i-Robot, a reference to Isaac Asimov’s 1950s book. The writer’s 1982 sequel, Foundation’s Edge, features a planet called Gaia where all living things are connected, which gave Galaxia its name.
“The inhabitants of Gaia use the pronoun “I/We/Gaia” and share a common brain, people are known as ‘parts of Gaia,'” Mamou-Mani told Dezeen.
“Galaxia is later described as the galaxy-wide entity of this complete state of synergy. I believe the idea resonated with that of a secular and contemporary temple for a worldwide community – temples essentially being spaces to connect people.”
“One of the 10 principles of Burning Man is radical inclusion so it was important to design a space that had no doors, no walls, no hierarchy, linking us with each other and to the wider universe above,” he added.
Read more on Dezeen: https://www.dezeen.com/2020/06/08/galaxia-burning-man-unseen-drone-footage-arthur-mamou-mani-vdf/