plan by Todd Dworman
theme for the Maze in 2001 was the Age of Reflection. The Age
of Reflection "...lies somewhere in the area of middle age.
It is intended to evoke that season of experience in which we
reflect upon the consequence of our decisions." From
the Burning Man site. (More)
the obvious consequences that are created by choices made in a
maze, the artwork was intended to embody this idea of reflection
and choice. The
design included 5 rooms of interactive artwork, a central courtyard,
and hallways with paintings, batiks, and casts of butts and breasts.
journey through the maze was intended to take you through stages
of reflection. To create a story that would change with each new
idea was to have each of the rooms have artwork that would be
interactive in some way and embody the theme. The
rooms included the Acupunture Voodoo Room of Regrets by
Patti Glenn, the Spell Casting Room by Jennifer Murphy,
the Forgiveness Altar by Affinity and Monkey Boy, the Inner
and Outer Reflection room and Lone Self Room by Charles
the Room of Regrets the participant reflected on the pain
of regret held in the body. A large pin then would be stuck into
the Voodoo doll releasing the pain into the doll. The doll was
burned in the pyre created by the Man.
the Room of Regrets dealt more with past actions the Spell
Casting Room incorporated both the past and future. In this
room hung with strips of fabric the partcipant meditated on something
they either wanted to create or release in their lives and then
tied nine knots into the fabric while reciting a spell. The knots
were also burned in the pyre created by the Man.
Inner/Outer Reflection Room dealt more with perception and personal
reflection. The walls were covered with reflective material. In
the room were hung mirrors that had questions and statements on
them. By picking up the mirror and looking at yourself you were
also facing a question. The idea was to combine the outer relfection
of image with the inner reflection.
aspect of this journey was embodied in the Forgiveness Altar.
Along with viewing a many different social figures with the word
"Forgive" superimposed on them, the viewer would also
view themselves in a mirror. Who can we forgive?
journeying through the other stages and travelling through the
hallways, the traveller came upon the courtyard a room of reflections
within reflections. The walls covered with mirrors (square) reflected
in the central sculptures mirrors (round). Looking at the mirrors
on the walls one would see round in square. Looking at the mirrors
on the sculpture one would see square in round.
final stage of this journey happens in the Lone Self room. It
is the time when you realize that you have to really look at yourself.
There is no one to help and nothing to distract you. It is a time
of self reckoning.
hallways were layered with images of memory. The intent was for
the art to act as memories that one would return to on their journey.
The images of the past.
designing the mural and maze, I used a formal structure of squares
and circles that repeated throughout the maze. Square and circles
repeated in the mural, in mirrors, in shapes of rooms and windows,
in the shape of the maze itself.
circle in the square is representative of the individual (circle)
in the larger field of existence (square). This larger field could
be family, community, nature, nation, etc. The point in the center
is representative of the still point within which meets with that
which is beyond and encompassing of all.