Volunteering on David Best's Temple Crew
David Best created the Temple Project in 2000 when he built an art installation called Temple of the Mind at Burning Man that year. When Michael Heflin, a friend and crew member, died in a motorcycle accident just before installation David and the rest of the crew dedicated the piece to him as a memorial. During the event the burning man community left notes all over the Temple to remember their friends and loved ones that had passed away. It began a tradition and became the second most center art piece at Burning Man. Now tens of thousands of people contribute memorials for the people they have lost and the Temple is then burned in a silent ceremony on the final night of the festival.
I have volunteered on David's crew three times. In 2014 for the Temple of Grace at Burning man. In 2015 for Temple of Derry which was built in Derry, N. Ireland in regard to Bloody Sunday and the for victims of the deadly "Troubles" of the Catholic Protestant Conflict. And in 2019 on the "Temple of Time" Built in Coral Springs Florida for the victims and everyone affected by Parkland School Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool.