Create an infinity space by encircling playa with 15’ w by 20’ h rectangular obelisks fully clad in mirrors. People enter the space through slots between obelisks, and see an infinity of self and landscape. A prism and mist core will refract light and create infinite rainbow reflections.
The installation is meant to create the sensation of infinity and to provoke an introspective journey into the nature of reality. Much like the work of Yayoi Kusama, but using a multitude of rainbows instead of lights, this immersive experience is intended to have the effect of obliterating the sense of self. This epiphany will be personal to the participant and will require them to explore the space for full realization.
The idea was conceived when two of the artists (Lee and Lukanov) were venturing along the deepest edges of playa and sharing an epiphany about the direct experience of an infinite reality. Inspired by the mathematical concept of different-sized infinities, the artists wondered if they could magnify the endless desert panorama by reflecting it back and forth between mirrors in a never-ending cascade, in effect multiplying the infinite landscape to infinity.
Rainbows, created when rays from the sun strike falling water droplets, are a refraction phenomenon which can only be viewed from a certain angle. The light path involves refraction and a single reflection inside the water droplets. By using mirrors, we provide specular reflection to create a cascade of unattenuated reflections and a true infinitude of rainbows. In essence, we are teaming a beautiful but elusive light phenomenon with human ingenuity.
This piece hopes to blend physics and reality with art, creating a space where visitors can ponder infinity and dream of the beyond.
| Physical Description
This piece will create an “Infinity Space” by encircling playa 40’ in diameter with rectangular obelisks 15’ L by 6’ W by 20’ H that are fully clad in mirrors. The alignment of two mirrors facing one another creates infinite reflections of the observer and the space around them resulting in neverending layers of the same “world” cascading beyond. Visitors will begin their experience from afar and then enter through 6’ portals between obelisks. After passing a wood decking threshold they will arrive, reflections will compound off mirrors at different angles, and the viewer will enter a reality of infinity and beyond.
The space will further bend reality by having a “Rainbow Core” located at the heart of the circle. This core will create infinite reflecting rainbows both from a fixed prism and misted water. The prism will refract sunlight by day and led light by night . The mister will spray water through gravity powered low-flow nozzles at opportune times of day according to calculations.
Within, obelisks will be standard scaffolding and hold water tanks. Obelisks will be structurally braced to one another to create a circle superstructure capable of resisting high wind/tipping loads; screw in foundation anchors could also be added. Lumber will be attached to scaffolds, and mirrors fastened to these lumber bases. To reduce wind load, create places for climbing, or slits to illuminate, 0-10% of area may not have mirrors. At night, LED lights will provide lighting.
| Fit with Burning Man Arts
This installation will create a space which the viewer will enter, and only through his or her immersion into and exploration of this space will the art be activated, and its meanings realized.
The narrow portals between the four mirrored obelisks will partition the viewer off from the rest of the playa and once inside, the circle of walls reflecting infinitely in all directions will create the sensation of being entirely engulfed into an endless other world beyond our own.
Rainbows, either created by mist or by prisms, are a refraction phenomenon which can only be viewed from a certain angle. This perfect viewing angle within the infinity room will only be discovered, and thus the full effect of infinitude and self-obliteration experienced, when the viewer carefully explores the space and the topography of the refraction patterns.
The three artists traveled to Burning Man for the first time together and it left a deep transformation in each of them that they bring to their respective lives everyday. The process of creating this piece will be an enormous alliance with the Burning Man mission, bringing three friends and all those that will help them, into a new network bound by planning and completing an ambitious and fantastic art project: To Infinity & Beyond.
| Desired location
This installation is meant to create the sensation of infinity and will be more effective when set in the infinitude of the open desert, where the landscape will reiterate the experience of the viewer.
To see the infinite rainbow most vividly, the viewer will need to explore the space slowly – the hustle and bustle of the inner playa would be too busy for the slow-paced interaction that this piece will require. Fewer, calmer visitors will jive with the intended mood much better.
The mirrored obelisks will look like a distant mirage when viewed from further away, enticing travelers to venture into the mysterious expanse.
Finally, and as mentioned above, the idea of this piece was conceived when two of the artists were themselves venturing along the deepest edge of the playa. Their playa names as well, Infinity and Beyond, respectively, came as a result of this experience and so placing the piece in a similar location would be most fitting.
*If selected, we will pursue the option and feasibility of a second showing of the piece in San Francisco and/or Seattle partnering with local Burner and other arts organizations.