Helios is a sculpture
that serves as a catalyst
for our new beginnings.
In resonance with this years Burning Man theme honoring Leonardo’s Renaissance, Helios calls upon every citizen of the playa to activate a personal rebirth: to elevate to our highest potential, and shape a positive future. Through a ritual of communal effort and intention, we are invited to ignite our highest aspirations through an interactive process which produces beacons of light both physical and symbolic.
Every one of us has something unique inside of us that we want to
illuminate and contribute to our shared world.
Helios’s intention is to provide us with a collective ritual experience and catalyst for igniting what we would like to illuminate within ourselves and shine on the world, for the benefit of all beings.
Each visitor is invited to write their private intention on a scroll and place it inside the container of the central witness of the mirrored torus sculpture. They then ascend a staircase to one of 6 activation portals, 12 feet off the ground, each facing inward in a 50-foot diameter circle. Here, using their whole body, they bring to life the physical gesture of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man drawing, to set in motion the lights of the sculpture, and symbolically ignite their intention and inner fire.
But there is one symbolic trick: you cannot illuminate yourself alone.
To activate the sculpture, human connection is needed to make the darkness into light. It is our collective intentions combined with the force of our shared efforts that make Helios light up like our sun. The sculpture’s deeper symbolic meaning is only is fully realized when you encourage others to shine their light as well.
The intentions and aspirations of all who participated will be released in an explosion of collective energy. With the cathartic ritual of fire lighting our way forward, Helios inspires us to ignite the light within us, empowering ourselves, by collectively empowering others.
A Helios fundraising page is found here! :
To VOLUNTEER At Burning Man , we are looking for volunteers and donors in these categories:
To make this real we need a good team, a huge team.
Here are six vital ways we could use your help:
1. Helios Guardians:
Each night during the week, sunday through thursday, pairs or teams of friends are needed in shifts to guard the integrity of the experience, and the functionality of the sculpture.
2. Pyro Guardians:
Friday: Guard the sculpture as weinstall the pyrotechnics for that evening.
3. Perimeter Guardians:
Friday night: this burn requires a large perimeter requiring 150- 200 sober people with safety neon vests to hold the space when we ignite it.
4. Fire Guardians:
Friday night, after the burn, Fire Guardians are called to keep watch and contain the fire safely until sunrise.
5. Earth Guardians:
Saturday morning, Helios needs a team of playa restorers to help sweep the burn area and the perimeter.
5. Solar Power:
the lights of Helios should naturally be powered by stored sunlight. If there is a Solar Power Company that resonates with this task, please contact me!
(Elon Musk? Solar City? call me ;)
last but not least:
6. Helios Relics:
Not everything will burn: Inside Helios is a rare reward: contained in the center of each of the 6 activation portals, there is a steel and glass light sculpture with an infinity mirror at its center. We are auctioning these to fundraise. These will be the only remaining pieces of Helios artwork that will be rescued before the burn, and live on as artistic relic. They are a symbol of your inner fire, and future full of potential. I would love for them to find a home.