Burning Man art car project stops at OLAS

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As part of the Aug. 9 Auburn Art Walk, Auburn’s Old Library Art Studio has invited Project Pinwheel, a crowd-sourced art car for Burning Man, as guest artists from 6-9 p.m. Project Pinwheel will host an exclusive pinwheel-decorating workshop in the garden. The prototype and art car in progress will be on display.

Project Pinwheel is an art car project created and designed by four Rhode Island School of Design students aiming to bring together the creative expression of a global community in the form of pinwheels.

“As people mail in pinwheels from all over the world, we put them on the exterior of our art car in hope of creating a symbol for creativity merged with the power of individual voice,” said Genevieve Marsh, project coordinator.

Experienced and novice artists alike are welcome to contribute work to the two-story moving sculpture, which will serve as a moving installation for one week at the Burning Man event held in Nevada each year. Participants’ work will be displayed alongside the work of artists, writers, poets, friends and family.

Everyone is encouraged to fill their pinwheel with drawings, paintings, photos, prose, secrets or any other artwork. At this workshop, participants will be supplied with craft material and templates. Feel free to bring flat, lightweight objects from home to add to your pinwheel and join with artists around the world to make a statement on the power and importance of creativity and community.

After the event, participants can track the expedition of the pinwheels through a blog as well as a documentary to be released in October 2012, capturing the journey of the art from one’s hands to the construction of the art car, as well as the display at Burning Man.

To learn more, visit or contact Genevieve Marsh at or (916) 316-8061.