While we are gearing up for the build out of the 2010 Temple we thought we’d give you a small preview of things to come. Please keep in mind, these are rough sketches!
Temple of Flux
Drawing its inspiration from canyons carved by wind and water over time, the Temple of Flux rises from the playa floor as a series of graceful double-curved walls. Their wide, heavy bases taper as they ascend, leading the eye from a solid urban foundation to an increasingly fragmented upper edge as these long angles reach to the sky.
The tallest of these walls reach to 40′, and an overall the footprint length of 100′. The walls stand in an overlapping, linear layout, allowing access from all sides via passages of varying widths between them. The largest, set almost parallel, describe a large oval chamber inside the array, creating space for gathering and celebration.
The mass of our cities have evolved over time, rising like mountains and spreading like the deserts. We look to them as places of permanence and wonder, where we inhabit the urban canyons carved by roads of commerce. But city differs little from the geological features in which we once dwelled and metropolis too changes with time, shifting, growing, crumbling and eroding. Like Canyons, the city too, will someday disappear altogether.
This Temple stands not as a habitable building, echoing known structures, churches and mosques from our histories, but as a counter-monument; a relational space, that references city and natural structure in a fluid and fluctuating form. Referencing our impetus to create structure as well as the need to relate to our environment the Temple of Flux welcomes you to take respite and find strength at its feet. It beckons you to journey its pathways and follow its sensuous lines as they arc into the air.