Insect Art at Burning Man


Imago Artist Kirsten Berg

Burning Man is an “Experiment in community and art” held annually at Black Rock in the Nevada desert. Among the art featured are large sculptures, some of which celebrate insects. In 2016 a sculpture by Kirsten Berg, Imago, received an honorarium grant. Now the City of Reno, NV plans to move the sculpture from its current location to decorate a site in Reno where buildings were recently demolished. What better than a Butterfly sculpture to beautify the area?

Kristen Berg describes her creation:

The elevated butterflies are easily resonant metaphors for the transformative experiences that compel so many migrations to Burning Man: immersion into a place of imagination, to be renewed, transformed. Butterfly metamorphosis mirrors our playa experiences: intense preparations, followed by the suspension of mundane life, to immerse into a dreamlike space that is safe yet undefined, full of potential. When the time of cocooning is over, we emerge, high on imagination. Just as the mature butterfly, known as an imago, returns to the wider world, ripe for creation and pollination.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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