SAN LEANDRO, CA--(Marketwired - August 05, 2016) - For the first time since the early 1990's, when the Burning Man art and culture gathering moved from San Francisco to Nevada, the construction of the iconic Burning Man sculpture, at the center of the world-famous event, happened right here in the Bay Area. The Burning Man project wrapped yesterday for shipment to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, and was made at The Factory 510, a creative coworking community located at The Gate 510, a Silicon Valley innovation hub for art, tech, and makers.
The massive 42-foot tall sculpture reflects this year's Burning Man's theme: Da Vinci's Workshop. In homage to Leonardo's famed drawing Vitriuvian Man, "…participants (will) operate an elaborate system of human-powered gears and pulleys that will slowly rotate Burning Man a full 360 degrees on the vertical plane, as if it formed the axle and spokes of an enormous spinning wheel."
The sculpture's hand-crafted construction is completed in the months leading up to the Burning Man event. This year marks the first time since the event's earliest days in the 1990's on Baker Beach that its namesake effigy was built close to home, with the nonprofit's year-round offices close at hand in San Francisco, and not at the organization's work ranch in Nevada.
The Factory at The Gate 510 is home to other large-scale art projects, many which are Burning Man bound, all supported by the backdoor philanthropy of the property's blended community of art, technology, and makers. The space and its thriving ecosystem provided the Burning Man organization with a well-outfitted construction space close to home, and afforded it ready access to local machining, supplies, and oversight by their year-round crew.
Cheryl Edison, the creative placemaker behind The Gate 510 project and co-founder of The Factory 510, says, "We say, 'Make it here' because our art, tech and maker community come together to make an idea into reality. Many of us share a connection to the Burning Man event, so it was only natural that we would leap at the chance to welcome The Man right here in our Silicon Valley home. The build crew's talent and work ethos is inspiring. We're so grateful to (property owners) ScanlanKemperBard and WHI Real Estate Partners, for their collaboration and assistance in making it possible. " Edison co-founded the Factory 510 with partner Andie Grace to offer artists and maker/tech startups community-centric short-term spaces and drop-in coworking memberships inside The Gate 510's incubator environment.
For more information on The Factory 510, visit http://thefactory510.com; for more information about The Gate 510, visit http://thegate510.com.
Burning Man 2016 will be held from August 28th through September 5th in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, NV. The Man will burn on Saturday, September 3. For more information about Burning Man visit http://www.burningman.org.
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