The Burning Man 2009 theme was Evolution and featured the man on the Great Temple. It was designed by Larry Harvey and Rod Garrett. Rendering by Andrew Johnstone and Rod Garrett.
Art & Floats
Who Gave Birth?
by Laura Kimpton – Nicasio, CA
This art installation is a celebration of all MOMs, and the feminine energy that comprises the true understanding that the original MOM is The Earth. We were all born from The Earth. We live in a time were this understanding of our true MOM as The Earth has been forgotten. We look to other means to guide us through our lives— we look to books, words, masculine energy, religion, TV, the Internet— exclusively human elements to guide us in our lives. Look to the energy that gave us life, ”The Earth“, and we would be living more in balance. We would understand that if we looked down to our Feet, to the Dirt, the Trees, the Earth energy, we would find a wisdom that would surpass all other wisdom. In designing “Who Gave Birth?”, there is a unique opportunity to also celebrate my MOM, and all MOMs. It is a way to truly rejoice in the understanding of the power of what it takes to be a MOM.
Ecstasy embodies the emotion of passion and the posture of exaltation it can inspire. She is illuminated at dusk by a warm light that emanates from her hands and softly glows upon her shoulders, neck and head that is thrown back in elation. Ecstasy was built in 2007 and first debuted on-stage at The Crucible's Fire Opera, then at Burning Man, 2007. Since then she traveled widely: Maker Faire, 2008, and Nocturnal, 2009.
Through 2011, Ecstasy was on exhibit in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA. She is now part of a private collection.