The Tree of Heaven
The Tree of Heaven was created for the Circle of Regional Effigies at Burning Man 2011, to be representative of the NY Burning Man community, New York as a whole, and the unexpected juxtaposition of elements that combine to make both the city and the burner community something that is more than the sum of its parts. A tree clad in faux industrial materials, and covered in foliage decorated by the different factions of the community, erupts from the asphalt in the heart of a glowing, moving subway map. Benches inspired by the great bridges surrounding the city provide a place to sit in the shade, with different city soundscapes at each bench.
On the Thursday of the event, the tree was burned simultaneously with the other 24 effigies in the circle.