Wrong Desert is a solar-powered sculptural installation under construction for the 2018 Burning Man arts festival.
Wrong Desert’s plants have mysteriously migrated to the Black Rock Desert, a place far different from their origins. This solar powered, sculpted garden uses only its immediate resources to live. It’s a sustainable oasis deep in the exotic electronic desert where weird plants and mammals thrive.
A 10' tall cholla cactus is mostly dead, sculpted from repurposed curved steel pipes. Its skeleton has thousands of plasma-cut holes, through which both the sun and internal lights will beam to cast dappled shadow patterns on the playa. The trunk has spines of rubber tubing riveted to a skin of upcycled tires.
Three 2' tall aluminum agave plants also thrive here, with 6’ tall “shoots” of heat-shaped, glowing translucent acrylic tubing, lit internally. The leaves are repurposed laser-cutting scrap.
Three steel boulders sculpted into benches provide seating and conceal solar panels, batteries, and speakers. These boulders will be lit from the inside with blacklights and diffusion material, creating a glowing effect at night.