This year, Burning Man attendees will be treated to a giant desert flower that’s both camouflaged by and stands out from the Black Rock Desert playa.
A brainchild of artist Ela Madej and designer Reed Finlay, the Temple of the Heart is a space for communal healing, a site to process grief and reconnect with emotions. The Temple’s Eastern European-influenced paneled canopy, an abundance of flowers, and, according to the artists’ statement, her “warm feminine energy,” are intended to elicit feelings of acceptance, protection, and maternal love.
The structure’s towering centerpiece is the Rose Alter, a glowing room decorated with hundreds of flowers made by fellow artist-burners.
The adjacent Heart Chamber is the Temple’s main gathering space. The skylight panes are decorated with floral motifs that will shade meditations, choirs, and the BRC Philharmonic, as well as other events. There’s built-in seating to take it all in.
Encircling the Heart Chamber is the Outer Ring, a space for reflection, walking meditation, and getting to know the stories and backgrounds of fellow Black Rock City community members. There’s a semi-private corner for quiet reflection, as well.
At night, the temple will be a beacon in the middle of the desert.
A team of builders will work with Madej and Finlay to bring the structure to life for this year’s Burning Man. The event runs from August 27 through September 4.