<MAZU, GODDESS OF THE EMPTY SEA> PART I - RENO, NV Burning man project, 2015

RENO BUILD

In May, 2015 while in Taipei I met Mazu project manager Nathan Parker. Two month later I've arrived to Reno, NV to document a group of strangers build large scale art for Burning Man themed after Asian goddess Mazu. I had no idea what to expect.

Build process was taking place at The Generator, Community Arts and Build Space located in Sparks, right outside of Reno, NEVADA.
FLORA AND FAUNA INSIDE THE GENERATOR
SWEET DREAMS AND AMPLE REST
FRESH PRODUCE
PROPER NUTRITION

ARTISTS

BROOK
LIVING ART
CHRISTIAN
ARTIST: KILLBUCK

BUILD ART

GET TO WORK

WORKLOAD

John Julius Little assembles the 108 lanterns, provided by Texas artists Dave and Marrilee Archer, to light the temple perimeter.
Australian Matt Bray welds on 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.
Reno Carpentry Lead Josh Boyer polishes the wooden bwa bwei used for divination at the Mazu Temple. Even when grabbing precious down time at the Generator, the crew eschews idle hands, taking every opportunity to chisel away at the final product.
Nathan Parker, project manager.
Chris “Kiwi” Hankins, Lead Architect of the Temple, rejoices in the progress of the project.

dragon SHOP

Sarah Kihls fabricates a steel dragon, one of eight that will perch on Mazu’s roofline
KARINA
INCH BY INCH
WRENCH. KARINA. COURTNEY. SARAH

metal shop

HOT STEEL
HEAVY LIFTING
MIGRANT WORKFORCE

petal shop

After painting 24 lotus petals, Rosie Wendel only dreams in pink and white.
READY TO SAIL

SKIN

AND BONES
FLOWER DRESSING

WOOD SHOP

“We’re raising the bar for craftsmanship, detail and interactivity,”

"Throwing poe", also called as "bwa bwei", "cast moon blocks" is a traditional Chinese divination method, in which the divination seeker throws or drops two little wooden pieces on the floor and gets the divine answer by the positions of the pieces whether the future course being contemplated is recommended or not. The pieces, called "Poe" (Bwei) in Taiwanese. (wiki)
Accelerometer stuffing
Set adrift in his own handiwork, Crack Baby reclines in one of his meticulously designed cabinets. Building the centerpiece of the fortune telling aspects of the Mazu Temple, this modern Marat has fabricated much of the interior of the Temple and guaranteed supplicants the opportunity to ask the Goddess for answers to their innermost questions.
Carpentry Lead Goatt tests the man for authenticity.
...AND BEYOND

piro shop

FLAME EFFECTS
CHELSEA
DICK
TO CODE
MATT
CARLY
ACCOMODATIONS

MORRIS BURNER HOTEL, RENO NV

JUNGLE JIM, AKA "JJ" (MIDDLE)
ЛЮБА, LUBOV -"LOVE"
VISION
KYLE
CARAOKE
GTFO DAY

PACKING

AUG 16, 2015
PACKED AND READY TO GO
JAYNE AND BEAVE
FATE
KIWI DENTAL CARE
STAGING

GERLACH - BLACK ROCK DESERT

Credits: Poetry - Tristan Bennett, Articles - The Hun
Created By
Aleksey Bochkovsky
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poetry: Tristan Bennett articles: The Hun

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