Building the Burning Man Temple
A dream quickly turned to record-breaking possibility when Chris “Kiwi” Hankins arrived on May 5 at Hobson Square on Fourth Street.
He realized he only had 80 days but he really could build the “Temple of Transition” for Burning Man, the weeklong arts festival that begins tomorrow at the Black Rock Desert.
The three-tiered, 120-feet-high central hexagon tower, surrounded by five lower hexagon towers — all laden with intricate woodcut patterns, reportedly would be the tallest temporary, wooden structure in the world.
Mayor Bob Cashell and City Councilman Dave Aiazzi were there to welcome him to the historic Reno Brewing Co. building; a 13,000-square-foot brick building designed by Reno architect Frederick DeLongchamps with high ceilings, great natural light and exposed beams.