Tell us a little bit about Passage Home.
Kate Raudenbush: In resonance with the profound loss of Burning Man founder Larry Harvey in April, I feel compelled and inspired to create this sculpture to honor his extraordinary life.
Passage Home hopes to evoke a symbolic homecoming of Larry’s spirit back to the Black Rock Desert. Five white pentagonal doorways recede in space to the horizon in alignment with the sunrise. The patterns filling each pentagon are the radial streets of Black Rock City, with a keyhole-shaped opening to walk through that changes with each doorway passed.
The sculptures are meant to be discovered far from the main city streets, in the quiet, contemplative, open space of the deep Playa. It will be softly illuminated at night with a halo ring of amber light. When approached at dawn, each of the doorways will lead the viewer towards the rising sun, and slowly, through subtly morphing keyhole openings framed by the map of our city, bring us to the silhouette of Larry Harvey, wearing his signature Stetson hat, walking into the sunrise.
What do you hope to communicate through this work?
KR: What I loved so much about Larry was that, despite his vast intellect, Burning Man was never about him; it was about the container of possibility that he shaped and held sacred. He was a brilliant conduit of energy, and he asked us to fill it with our creativity; and that, in turn, created an evolution of culture beyond all of our wildest imaginings. Passage Home is a symbolic conduit that is filled with symbols of what Larry created. Out in the desert there is nothing, but together we build a city, a culture, and unlock parts of ourselves we never knew existed; all because of this instigator, chief philosophic officer, mentor, and friend.