Empyrean Temple designed by Laurence “Renzo” Verbeck and Sylvia Adrienne Lisse
Location: Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Burning Man 2020: August 30, 2020 – September 07, 2020
Empyrean is a temple of opportunity, inclusion, interactivity and experience of our transformative multiverse.
Empyrean represents the region just beyond our physical realm that is the highest center of wisdom, and the source of energy-consciousness. It’s at this highest point where one can interact with their own highest concept of the divine. In ancient cosmologies, Empyrean is the realm of pure light that is believed to be the birthplace of fire. To the community, Empyrean offers the healing properties of its central, eternal flame: reflection, resolution, release and renewal.
The eight-pointed star is a symbol brought forward from our early human understanding of the intelligent order that underlies our universe. From ancient alchemy, to contemporary theologies, the eight-pointed star has represented hope, abundance, transformation, direction, justice, balance of duality, and harmony between the profound and mundane. The simple geometry of the star creates a sacred foundation and activates the temple as a transformative healing portal for every Burner to experience in their own way.
Empyrean is the shape of an eight-pointed star, a beacon, a monumental construct of light and shadow orienting distant seekers, beckoning them in on their quest for energy. Approaching from the outer playa environs, the visitor encounters an octagonal palisade of monumental portal gates. Passing through a portal, the visitor is experientially compressed as they move into the temple grounds: the multiverse. Enveloped in this vastness, the visitor is confronted by an imposing, steeply ascending wedge, the blade of a star.
The final access portal is a narrow wedge shaped aperture created by the void of the main canopies as they ascend skyward. Through this portal, and with the linear journey complete, the circular nave is reached and the experience is now upwards as the eye is drawn overhead to an imposing 8 pointed star within a ring. The star represents transformative energy, the ring contains the portal. Suspended within the ring, vaulting to and from the heavens, is the central Empyrean Flame, the source of energy visible and felt from all points in the city. Energy source found, here, beneath the flame is the central community gathering space, around which, and tucked within the comforting safety of the eight canopies, are eight different altars, providing sanctuary, writing surfaces and placement of offerings from seekers of any walk.
Leaving the center, one can choose from eight nearly identical exits, exiting to a new environment, a new perspective, a new universe. The experience of Empyrean is a construct of radicalized ritual, designed by radical inclusion, crafted to allow each citizen to find their path of meaning through experiential art and Architecture and the metaphors and energy of Multiverse, Mythology and the power of universal sacred geometry.
*Pre event donors can receive an EMPYREAN FLAG on which they write their offerings, EMPYREAN crew will then bring these flags to Playa and hoist them up and then to be burned with EMPYREAN. This allows wandering Burners, and anyone else from around the world who can’t make the physical journey, to interact directly with EMPYREAN.