Large “sail-like canopy” topped Burning Man installation Archaeopteryx

Multidisciplinary group Wevolve Labs modelled its pavilion for last year’s Burning Man on a bird-like dinosaur, with large wings that lit up at night and shaded seats underneath.

Named after the first bird known to evolve from dinosaurs, Archaeopteryx was built by Wevolve Labs for Burning Man 2019.

The installation composed of a triangular body with moving wings on top. During the festival, visitors were invited to pull at the ribs of the structure to make the canopy sway, or sit down and relax.

“In the spirit of Burning Man, the project was designed for collaborative interaction and participation by inviting passerby’s to touch, explore, inhabit, or have a seat to talk or rest,” Wevolve Labs founder Nicholas DeBruyne told Dezeen.

“It was designed to bring people together.”

Archaeopteryx was made from CNC-cut wooden pieces that were assembled into modules off-site. Angular elements attached to the body by springs to create wings, with canvas stretched between to form a cover for benches underneath.

At night, the 25-foot-tall (7.6-metre-tall) Archaeopteryx was illuminated by LED lights along the ribs.

Video is by Valentyn Syenin.

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