Collaborative Art-making ’12

Bison Field

Send a small piece of yourself to Burning Man!  At this year’s Art in the Park, festival-goers have the opportunity to work collaboratively with artists and people from around the province in a collaborative art work titled Bison Field destined to be shown alongside thirty four effigies from other regions around the globe at this year’s Burning Man festival in Nevada .

This year we’re thrilled that festival-goers will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of Bison Field, the Saskatchewan Circle of Regional Effigies (SCORE) 2012 project presented by the Saskatchewan Burning Man Community.

At Art in the Park, SCORE facilitators will have 1 foot X 1 foot plywood tiles for people on which to create a prairie scene that will later be attached to the inside tunnel under the Bison effigy and burnt along with it at Burning Man, Aug 27 – Sept 3, in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.  In the days prior to the burning, people may walk through the tunnel and view these scenes.

Bison Field is a community art project and will be built here in Saskatchewan by members of the local Burning Man community.  The project will then be transported in pieces two thousand five hundred kilometers to Black Rock City, a temporary art community north of Reno, Nevada, where it will be reassembled in the desert, and viewable during the week-long Burning Man event in the desert prior to being burned simultaneously with thirty four effigies from other regions around the globe.

Bison Field is designed by Danielle Siemens, an art student at the University of Saskatchewan.

Bison Field features several important themes from Saskatchewan’s history: the disappearance of wild plains bison, the emergence of wheat and farming culture, and fire.

Bison were crucial to the survival of native peoples in the prairies of Canada, and were nearly hunted to extinction by white settlers, who cultivated the natural prairie with crops of wheat and barley. Viewed at one angle, the bison are clearly visible on the top of the structure. Viewed from another angle, the bison disappear completely and all that is visible is the wheat and the bison’s shadows on the desert sand.

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