3D printed mandala at center of Arthur Mamou-Mani's 2018 Burning Man Temple

3ders.org | 1/13/2018 | Staff
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French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani is using robotic machinery, including 3D printers, laser cutters, and robotic drill arms, to build the 2018 Burning Man Temple. Burning Man is an annual gathering in Nevada in which a large effigy of a man is burnt in promotion of peace and understanding.

Once a small gathering of likeminded friends on a San Francisco beach, the annual Burning Man festival is now a huge event on the American calendar. Every year, tens of thousands of attendees gather to discover art, make friends, and witness the burning of a giant wooden effigy—“the Man”—at a temporary city in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

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Although ostensibly an event for exploring artistic self-expression, burning things remains an important part of Burning Man, and it’s not just the Man that meets its fiery fate during the week-long event. Since the turn of the millennium, attendees have also taken part in a ritual burning of a wooden temple, an act that usually takes place the night after the burning of the Man.

Each year, an artist is chosen to create the Burning Man Temple, and for 2018 the task has been assigned to French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani. According to the architect himself, the structure—195 feet wide and 65 feet tall—will be built using robotic machinery, including 3D printers, laser cutters, and robotic drill arms, before it is razed to the ground at the end of summer.

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Mamou-Mani, who is based in London, has called his temple Galaxia, a name derived from a series mid-century science fiction works by author Isaac Asimov, reflecting the event’s theme for the year: I,Robot. The structure will be built mostly off-site at The Generator, a maker space in Sparks, Nevada, with fabrication set to begin in April or May, around five months before the various sections of the structure...
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