About

The Temple of Whollyness will offer Burning Man participants the space to reflect upon how to become more whole with themselves and the world. Its epic central pyramid – 87’ x 87’ at its base and 64’ in height– is designed with sacred mathematical proportions and constructed using innovative building techniques. Unbelievably, this majestic sanctuary is crafted completely out of geometric interlocking wood pieces that fit together without the use of nails, glue or metal fasteners.

This soulful destination incorporates a symbolic visual history of the mysteries of sacred places, artifacts and monuments found in nature, religion, and cultures.

Well before the organized efforts of building actual structures began, simple rock piles – or stacked rocks – marked trails, as well as places of worship, and have been discovered in cultures around the world. In Hawaiian, a rock cairn is called an ahu, which translates to “altar” or “shrine” and the island O’ahu means “gathering place.”

temple_sub_inline_images1The Temple’s name is derived from the concept that spirituality is a balance between three states of mind – to be holy, holey or wholly present. It will be a safe haven to wholeheartedly reflect upon how to live in divine power rather than letting polarizing beliefs and the inevitable chasms – the holes in our hearts – lead us astray from joy.

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

At the axis mundi of the Temple there will be 12 ‘x 12’ Inuksuk altar. “Inuksuk is an Inuit word meaning image of a person’s spirit, often used as navigation aids. These structures are composed of stacked rocks in a human form.  Their traditional meaning is ‘you are on the right path.’” The statue will be fabricated out of black igneous basalt stone. For thousands of years, the Black Rock that our city is named after was a welcome sight for weary travelers crossing the arid desert and was a key landmark for settlers on the Emigrant Trail. Our black rock focal point in the Temple will ground the Temple space and also act as a guidepost for those looking for the right direction and a safe passage through this life.

The Name

The Temple’s name is derived from the concept that spirituality is a balance between three states of mind – to be holy, holey or wholly present. It will be a safe haven to wholeheartedly reflect upon how to live in divine power rather than letting polarizing beliefs and the inevitable chasms – the holes in our hearts – lead us astray from joy.

At the apex of our main pyramid, is our Eye of Providence further representing the necessity of unity between our opposites. Within our temple’s myriad of geometric angles and triangulations, our community will have the opportunity to appreciate symmetry.

“The Third Eye in the Triangle thus signifies an illuminated human being who has united his opposites and found the middle path; and who is thus able to see his “soul within.”
– Richard Cassaro

This will be the third year in a row that artists, Gregg, Lightning and Melissa, have collaborated and built large scale art at Burning Man http://www.oticoasis.org.

Gregg Fleishman’s life’s work, genius assembly, love of geometry, and his architecture and design background will be gifted to the Temple of Whollyness – the largest temporary interlocking wood structure ever!

The Temple of Whollyness will be a gift to our community. We hope our destination will act as the spiritual heart of the event. Our Temple will be a place that participants can feel truly safe and protected so they can grieve – or celebrate – or contemplate – or process the transformations that generously transpire at Black Rock City.