Reno is called the “Gateway” to Burning Man.
The Burning Man event, held annually in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno, is the world’s largest venue for interactive art installations. For seven days, people come from all over the world to share their vision of playful creativity.
We, as a community, are very fortunate to have so many well-known, national and international, artists visit our city. The beauty and majesty of the high desert captures hearts on a daily basis, even luring some to call it their permanent home.
Reno has built a large collection of public art, which includes the most pieces of permanent art that have had a temporary home at the Burning Man event.
We hope you enjoy touring around Reno and experiencing these large-scale interactive installations. To fully capture the essence of the pieces, we encourage you to get out of your car and spend a few minutes with each sculpture.
To find a sculpture: Sculptures are represented on the map by the icons. Clicking on these icons brings up information about each mural and where to find it. To find a specific mural you can do one of two things: 1) zoom in to a location by double clicking on an area or on the zoom icon (a “+” sign in the lower righthand corner of the map) until you find a view that you like, or 2) if you know the name or exact location of a sculpture, you can click on it in the Sculpture Legend located on the left-hand side of the map.
To open or hide the sculpture legend: Click on the button in the upper lefthand corner of map (it looks like 3 dots and 3 lines). To hide the Sculpture Legend, click the upwards facing arrow at the very bottom of the Sculpture Legend box.
To get directions to a sculpture: Click on the link next to “Directions.” It will open in a new window (for mobile users, it will go straight to your Google Maps/Navigation app)
To view the map in fullscreen or to print map: Click on the “expand” button in the upper righthand corner of the map to get to the full Google Maps page. To print the map, zoom in to the view you want and then use your browser’s print function to print a screenshot of the map.
Portal of Evolution — Bryan Tedrick
Steel. Stainless steel.
26’H x 32’W x 12’D
First displayed at Burning Man in 2009
Permanently installed in 2015 by City of Reno at Bicentennial Park
The base of Portal of Evolution is a cocoon-like enclosure, large enough for several people to stand in. Organic, floral shapes sprout from the base, crowned by a massive, delicate butterfly, which revolves slowly in the wind. The artist frequently touches on themes of the forces and wonder of nature, this time illustrating a moment of transformation and actualization. The sculpture invites visitors to participate in a very personal way, by stepping into the base and becoming part of the sculpture.
Born in Oakland, Calif. in 1955, and raised in Point Richmond, Calif., Tedrick has always shown an aptitude and interest in building large-scale structures. He received a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1985. Tedrick now resides and works in his studio in Glen Ellen, California. He and his wife, Terry Roberts, have two children, Nathalie and Jakob.
Guardian of Eden — Kate Raudenbush
First displayed at Burning Man in 2007
Laser cut steel, structural steel
Permanently displayed at the Nevada Museum of Art
Guardian of Eden frames our current ecological crisis within the petals of the Sacred Lotus flower—the mythological seat of creation and the symbol of enlightenment.
As a meditation on our own era of time, this steel lotus flower blooms before us as a physical reflection of the fierceness and beauty of our planet under threat. She is the guardian of the Eden that once was.
Kate Raudenbush is a New York-based, Burning Man-bred artist, who resonates deeply with environmental issues, and the perils and potential of our evolving humanity. She is a self-taught sculpture artist who utilizes welded, laser-cut steel, mirror, and light to shape her concepts into climbable, enveloping environments and sacred spaces that invite both intellectual curiosity and visitor exploration.
Treespire — The Iron Monkeys
Whitaker Park, Reno, Nevada
Installed October 2009 by the City of Reno
15 feet high and 7 feet wide
Tree Spire was first funded by Burning Man and exhibited at the event in 2007. Tree Spire was the first project created by the Seattle art collective, the Iron Monkeys.
The Iron Monkeys are a Seattle-based metalworking collective, working under the gentle guidance and watchful eye of Tabasco Mills, owner of Seattle’s, The Blacksmith Shop. The collective works together to design and create large-scale sculptural pieces, often combining both functional and decorative elements.
Believe — Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg
12 feet high and 70 feet wide,
First displayed at Burning Man in 2013
Temporarily installed by the City of Reno at ReTRAC Plaza until it will be permanently erected outside city hall on City Plaza
Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg have been collaborating on their Monumental Words series at Burning Man since 2009. The word “Believe” is meant to encourage people to have faith in the good. It also inspires belief in the city of Reno.
Kimpton is a mixed-media artist, painter and sculptor. She is widely exhibited in museums and galleries across the nation with major shows in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Texas. She lives and works in Sausalito, Calif. Schomberg is a sculptor and installation artist. His unique style incorporates welded steel, stone and found objects. He has exhibited in New York, San Francisco and Nevada. He lives and works in Reno.
The Ichthyosaur Puppet — Jerry Snyder and the Pier Group
50’L x 11’H x 7’W
First displayed at Burning Man in 2013
On permanent display at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum
The Ichthyosaur Puppet Project is a full-scale, 50-foot ichthyosaur-skeleton marionette. This gigantic fish lizard, which also is called Dr. Camp’s Holy Bones, is part sculpture, part manifestation of a fictional scientific discovery turned religious phenomenon. The puppet is a likeness of Nevada’s state fossil, the ichthyosaur. The marionette, built of plywood vertebrae, was showcased at Burning Man 2013 inside a structure reminiscent of a 19th-century evangelical revival tent.
Jerry Snyder is an attorney by day, a notorious bon vivant come nightfall, and an experienced leader of abstractly defined, multi‐faceted adventures. He studied art in college in the early 1990s, then went to law school. He was content with thinking about making art for the better part of two decades. That gave him some time to think through his ideas before making big objects.
Reno Star — Mark Szulgit
Repurposed salvaged steel
46 feet tall and 60 feet wide, 8 tons
First displayed at Burning Man in 2012 as the Cosmic Thistle
Installed by the City of Reno at South McCarran and Virginia streets
The Reno Star Cosmic Thistle was made from repurposed, salvaged steel from the dismantled ‘Taba Turbine project.’ The red spines were designed to resemble high desert plants found in the Great Basin region of Northern Nevada.It’s design was inspired by the idea of ripping structural steel box-beams lengthwise and utilizing their inherent internal tension to emulate the natural arcing properties of the high desert plants found in the Great Basin. The Reno Star Cosmic Thistle symbolizes the recycling fertility of the eternal creative spirit.
Mark Szulgit is an architect and designer specializing in large sculpture in a variety of media. Mark collaborated for five years with a variety of architectural offices and received his professional SAR membership in 1998. He then moved to Jukkasjärvi to become one of the lead designers at Sweden’s famous Icehotel for a decade 1998 – 2008. His home is in Sebastopol, Calif.
Gift of Flight — David Boyer
12 robotic birds, each with articulating tails
Steel, stainless steel, sheet metal, copper
Installed by the City of Reno in 2008 at the Robb Drive Roundabout
David Boyer is a kinetic wind sculptor known for his large-scale public art projects. In 2003, he received a commission with the City of Reno to build 63 wind-driven light pole sculptures for their Arts and Culture District in downtown Reno. Since 2007, he has been building sculptures for Burning Man. He lives in Reno.
Pan’s Perch — Ryan Jackson
Dimensions: 13.5’H x 10’ W
First displayed at Burning Man in 2007
Is located at River School Farm
Pan’s Perch is a sculpture of a tree bearing fruit, lotus flowers hanging from the branches at various states of opening, and the image of the Celtic Green Man. It is a place of communion and conversation, and provokes contemplation about the loss of such “covent gardens” in the modern world.
Ryan Jackson is a steel worker by trade. He finds deep satisfaction in using the waste material from the shops that he works in. Ryan hopes that people see through his work that “scrap” can be made into something beautiful. The use of scrap material is a good part of his ‘mojo’ as an artist.
Pentamonium — Gary Gunderson
16 feet high column, supported by 5 arched legs
Tubular steel and recycled bicycle parts
First displayed at Burning Man in 2015
Temporarily on display at the Lear Theater.
Pentamonium is an interactive carillon with 5 harmonious bells in its belfry. It is topped with a mirror encrusted whirligig. Each leg supports a mechanism which rings one of the five overhead bells. Each mechanism invites interaction and the five notes encourage collaboration.
Gary Gunderson is a retired toy designed who lives in Issaquah, Wash.
The Reno Playa Art Park consists of art pieces that were on the playa during Burning Man 2016. These are smaller interactive sculptures, no taller than 16′ – no larger than a 10’ footprint.
Installed in November 2016 at 528 N. Virginia St.
The installation includes:
Imago by Kirsten Berg
Blue mirror-steel butterflies hover 17 feet, with wings lifted as if just alighted, yet ready for takeoff. The mature butterfly, known as an imago, returns to the wider world, ripe for creation and pollination.
Electric Dandelions by Liquid PXL
Electric Dandelions are three 23 to 27-feet tall dandelion sculptures that double as fireworks at night. Each dandelion has a bench at the bottom of the stems so that park visitors can sit and enjoy the light show.
Electric Renaissance by Bodo Julicher, Keith Muscutt, Andrzej Sztur and Jakub Sztu
An homage to Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.
StarWay by Debbie Davies
Standing more than 15 feet tall, StarWay is a star thrown to earth with two of its points sticking into the earth. More than two hundred individually lit stars twinkle blue, yellow and green light.
Good Luck Horseshoe by Mike Gray
The Biggest Little Horseshoe is an 8-feet-tall steel horseshoe with the words “Good Luck” reaching another 2 feet overhead. It wishes good luck to Playa Park visitors.
Playa Art Maker Spaces
The Generator, Sparks, NV
Many Burning Man sculptures have been built here. Also used as a staging area for many Burning Man projects.
34,000 square feet of workspace with industrial equipment and tools.
A collective that encourages professional artists and beginners alike to make art and learn from each other as a creative community. It operates under the same creative community ethic outlined in Burning Man’s Ten Principles.