InVasive is a design/build project that will culminate in a temple structure situated on the west side of the Cincinnati Art Museum. The project has an environmental and sustainability tie-in and Heritage congregant Anne Lyon is one of its volunteers.
This temple will be completed to coincide with the opening of the museum exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man in May 2019. The structure will echo the meaning and function of the temple built for Burning Man in the Nevada desert each year – it will be a place of refuge, reflection, remembrance – but it will be designed to reflect the context of its Cincinnati location.
InVasive is highly interactive, public, and free. The temple will be available to all who wish to come and meditate while the Burning Man Exhibit is showing. It is a collaborative endeavor that brings together different groups of people with varying skill sets in the creation of a carefully conceived and constructed structure that will build community even as it is community-built.
The temple is being constructed using invasive Amur Honeysuckle harvested from the Cincinnati Art Museum grounds. This undesirable species populates much of the landscape in Ohio, and grounds crews are currently working to clear the honeysuckle on the northern hillside of the art museum. Honeysuckle branches and stems will be the primary material for the temple, and these will be joined using various construction techniques (stacking, weaving, thatching), and biodegradable fastening systems. Lighting will be woven into the structure for illumination at night.
When it is completed, the Cincinnati Art Museum will activate the temple with ceremonies and activities that are tied to the educational program of the museum and to the ten principles of Burning Man.
InVasive is a project grounded in sustainability, not only because it will be built from an unwanted invasive plant that is routinely discarded, but also because the lifespan of the temple will be part of its design. In late summer 2019 the temple will be relocated to an urban site where it will be further developed and then burned on the same evening the Burning Man temple is burned in Nevada.
A number of different groups are involved in the development and production of the temple. The temple design was initiated by students at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati where these students are part of an interdisciplinary group studying landscape architecture, horticulture, sculpture and architecture.
They are looking for additional volunteers to help complete the project and will be adding new dates to the Cincinnati Art Center Website to come help build it. It is a good activity for people of all ages and embraces many of our UU principals. To find out the additional dates, please visit the Cincinnati Art Museum on website at: https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/getinvolved, their Facebook page and their Twitter account for future dates.
To hear what the experience of volunteering is like, talk with Heritage congregant Anne Lyon.
If you have questions or are interested in participating, please email either of the following people at the addresses below: