Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti, Spire of Babel, 2017.

“The Art of Burning Man”

Norfolk, Virignia

Hermitage Museum & Gardens

Since the early 1990s, Burning Man has enticed crews of artists to craft increasingly large, complex, and extravagantly lighted sculptures during a yearly gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The event is not for wimps; everything gets coated in dust and is subject to windstorms and extreme temperatures. Still, artists are drawn to Burning Man by the freedom to go bold with scant censorship and by the atmosphere of radical self-expression and communal cooperation. 
Works by seven artists and artist teams, most from California and with a notable history at Burning Man, were installed last summer at the Hermitage, an emerging site for sculptural installations. Most of the pieces were large-scale, outdoor works, though smaller pieces were installed in the museum. The outdoor works, though removed from Burning Man’s anything-goes desert vastness…see the entire review in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.