Honorarium Art Installation for Burning Man 2017

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Margareta Appalachia will be a 22-foot tall wooden sculpture of a woman in Korean dress, carrying a drum and raising a peace sign up to the sky.  Her flowing traditional-style dress will be decorated with shards of West Virginian coal tailings affixed into a repeating ornamental pattern, and she will stand amidst Appalachian hills.

A mine shaft will be built into the train of her dress which allowing participants to access her interior reflection room, in which will be a sound + sculptural installation of a Carboniferous rainforest, rising out from the glittering black coal mine walls.
Participants may sit & experience the laughter & hopes of Appalachia, as told by the echoes of its natural and industrial past, and will present the dreams and wishes of West Virginian burners gathered from the regional burn, Frostburn.

This piece is inspired by my sister Margaret Eros Eileen Shifflett (1973-2001).
  A film celebrating her brave and inspiring life will be projected on the sculpture nightly, and her voice will be heard in a sound collage.

We are planning to theatrically burn the piece (including the coal) at dawn toward the end of the event, at Burning Man 2017, "Radical Ritual", with a special reveal to celebrate reunion and reflect upon peace.

      Eros and Dust...


>>> CLICK HERE <<<  for more info about the installation.

>>> CLICK HERE <<< to read about the Deviled Angel multi-state team producing this piece.

>>> CLICK HERE <<< to read more about the philosophy behind the piece

>>> CLICK HERE <<< to learn more about Margaret Eileen Eros Shifflet (1973-2001).

>>> CLICK HERE <<< to read our Progress Blog.

>>> CONTACT US! <<<  (MargAppalachia@gmail.com)