John Julius Little assembles the 108 lanterns, provided by Texas artists Dave and Marrilee Archer, to light the temple perimeter.
Australian Matt Bray welds one of the 24 massive petals for the lotus flower that will crown the temple.
Paintmaster Shinobi ponders his options. His work will bring color and depth to the Temple, drawing out the grain of each piece of wood and the natural beauty hidden inside.
Rosie reclines in the Painted Petal Palace. Her workshop brings color to Mazu Temple's blossoming centerpiece, a 25-foot lotus flower rising above the desert landscape.
Art Director Charlie Nguyen lists his priorities as the Mazu team gears up for the final leg of the project. Finishing touches and intricate detail work lie ahead, pulling the design together and accenting each corner and corbel. Charlie will complete ALL items on the list.
EACH PETAL WEIGHTS 240LB
THERE ARE 24 PETALS
"If your question is deeper than a simple yes or no, you can instead pull a bamboo strip from a bundle of sixty, and find coordinates which will lead you to a poem, and then a location in Black Rock City, to find your answer. This ritual is based on the Qiu Qian, a traditional method of receiving the gods’ answers to your queries."
DRAGONS ARE REPLACED AND MAZU IS STUFFED WITH FIREWOOD