In December 2016, a tragic attack hit near one of the memorial places in Berlin at Gedächtniskirche (Church of Memory in the center of the city). A man drove a heavy lorry into the crowded Christmas market.
Twelve women and men came to death, other were heavily injured.
This incident (which happened near to most of us living in Berlin) inspired us to develop the Shrine of lost moments as an art project at Burning Man 2017.
We all have periods, relationships, or people in our lives that either end or disappear too early, that we have no time to say farewell to or process, or things that we want to end and can’t. Giving these transitions an active place of remembrance and farewell, as a place of transition, we want to create the shrine of lost moments at the Playa of the Burning Man 2017.
The visitor of the shrine is encouraged to interact and engage with: he or she takes a colored piece of cardboard – the remembrance piece. This piece is cut in the form of the tower of the Berlin’s Gedächtniskirche (memorial church) and contains the shadow of a person (inspired by the shadow of vaporized victims of the Hiroshima-bombing).
People can take one of the remembrance pieces and write a name, life period, situation… they want to remember or eliminate from their lives. Both positive and burdening memories are welcome. Then, the remembrance piece can be broken in two parts – a little bit like the identity tag (dog tag) that soldiers carry around their necks when on a mission. The upper part stays with the burner; the lower part will be placed at the shrine – designed as a “tree of life”.
A central part of the shrine is the tree of life, a wooden structure where the detached lower part of the remembrance piece can be deposited. The tree of life sits on the upper part of the shrine. Little by little, the empty tree of life will be filled with colored leaves (remembrance pieces) and gaining his final form over the week. A LED system will light the tree of life when each remembrance piece is placed on the tree of life. Every time a leave is added to the tree, the LEDs will lighten up in the form of a colorful sunrise. The sound of a blackbird singing will surprise the visitor as the first blackbird singing in the early morning hours in spring surprises us every time we hear it for the first time after a long winter.
What are your lost moments? Remember…
… people you have lost because of death or just have lost track of
… relationships which ended at one point of your view
… opportunities you have not taken
… periods in your life you did not want to end
and note one of these moments (or a name) on your remembrance piece. Come visit the shrine of lost moments at the playa of Burning Man 2017.
Inspector Norse (Alexander Paulski)
Mephy (Amely Kling)
Owl (Holger Weßels)
MokKa (Katharina Hagg
Mexx (Markus Ehart
Nomad (Severin Taranko
Vice Admiral Morgan
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