Registered Art Installations 2015



The Man

The largest and most central burnable art structure at Kiwiburn is The Man. Each year this wooden effigy is custom built to reflect the Art Theme and is growing in stature as the festival grows. He is ceremonially burnt on Saturday night... Don't miss it!
"The Man" is the core of the Burning Man festival, which itself has roots in an ancient pagan ritual, 1000s of years old. Read more about the history of the early years of Burning Man here. Kiwiburn, as New Zealand's Burning Man Regional, aims to inspire a similar bringing together of the community as in the early days of Burning Man: "Today a colony and soon, an international community of like-minded friends — all drawn by this towering effigy — a gateway to a primal ecstasy of communion, celebration and consummation."

The Temple

The Temple is also a Burning Man tradition. Each year, a non-denominational temple is built where anybody can go to meditate, pray, perform ritual or just contemplate quietly. Many people choose to write messages to loved ones, or notes of things they would like to let go from their past, or simply thoughts they would like to put out to the universe and leave them in the temple.
As the festival progresses and more people leave their messages of hope, loss, and life, an energy builds up in the Temple, culminating in the burning on the last night of the festival, and a giant cathartic release of emotion.


Burning He.Arts are 4 interactive controllable LED hearts via Wifi used with an iPad. They started as a lightweight art project for being setup all over the world. He.Arts is a small part of an bigger art project which has been to Afrika Burn ’14, Nowhere ’14, Mindburn (Austria) and Munich BBQ Burner Meetup,

Wonky Tonk Clock

Interactive rainbow clock tower with chakra healing sound loop. Provides a mediation healing space and inter plays with the concept of time as well as providing knowledge on the chakras for healing purposes. Made of bamboo. 2.5 m high and 1m sq.  Red fabric curtain walls, speaker sound loop, rainbow glow in the dark clock face, fairy lights up the bamboo corners. Large red cushion to meditate on and different coloured silks hanging down from the roof to represent each different chakra colour. Interactive sound healing. Sustainable healing art installation.

the one that got awa

a metal worked Salmon/ trout jumping out of the river. there will be gaps in the body to allow light to pass through at night and will be anchored into the river bed

the tea cup

A flaming art car - giving home brew to those with cups

Mikey's Hug Deli

We are the HUG specialists

Fire Tornado @ Balrogs Playpen

The Fire tornado will be operating every night to amaze all that gaze upon the swirling, twirling, fire tornado.....

The Grove

The Grove is back, with more awesome. Contained in a marquee, the UV and light shroom grove and garden will be your fluorescent nighttime creative/chill zone.  This was last year If you want to help us make this year better - we'll probably need some help with install/deinstall and if you're good with electrics etc that'd be a bonus.

The Fountain (This is Art)

This is Art, as Marcel would say. Discover your inner surrealist dancing with Toilet-DJ. Be in touch if you'd like to be part of the exhibit (small art only please), or give a workshop.


During the day, Yashoda will show you the most beautiful thing in the world. In the night, she will show you infinity.

The Room of Doom II (The Return)

The Room of Doom makes a return to the paddock in 2015 after successfully spinning burners out last year. So come for a trip, if you dare

The Frottage Cottage (Adults only)

Roll up!  Roll up!  RUB UP!! RUB UP!!  Enter The Frottage Cottage..Leave the rules of personal space to the rat race for here you may embrace, disgrace and interlace!

Fluorescent Explosion

Come experience the fluorescent explosion!This collection of art brings together physics and florescence in ways you would never expect or believe. Every piece of art is interactive and for all ages.Bring your energy for conversion :)


Tensegrity - The Sensorium but spun harder.

Sting Ring

Sting Ring is back again after a year hiatus.  Come push buttons and make lovely, large, luscious columns of flame with the rest of us hooligans.

Rain Forest

Rain Forest is a light art work with no specific intent other than to make you think about the beauty of this world in which we coexist with nature… The electronic components have all originated from the earth as everything does. I hope this piece will make a few people smile.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Self-Determination

The New Zealand's Wailing Wall project debuted at Kiwiburn in 2013 (see the website on Facebook for full details and documentation of this extensive project). This event will expand on the work of NZWW, focusing on questions about self-determination, the meaning and application of personal and social freedom, and whether (or not) New Zealanders want these attributes. All people are welcome to participate as equals and as artists.

Creation Station

Creation Station is YOUR Art Studio on the paddock! Stumble in at any hour of the morning to find creative company as you draw, paint, collage, sculpt in the presence of others – all materials provided. There will be many collaborative canvases for you to leave your mark on as well as art based challenges for those of you that want a little direction! Host an art workshop from here, or come along and participate in one.  After the burn we will have a group exhibition displaying these works at ""Alpha Gallery"" in Wellington (a new community space) – We can sell/auction/raffle off the art and as a community decide where that money should go. Creation Station will need loads of help from all of ya'll to pull off a really unique and exciting exhibition event and to produce work to fill it! Come on by and get amongst it!

Free-market / Revolving-washingline

The free-market/revolving-washing line will be back at Kiwiburn 2015. Round up your clothes and other sparkly/useful things and bring them along to join in our passive gifting experiment for the 5th year running. Last year we had a bunch of wonderful people bring along a bunch of wonderful things including wet-weather gear and even sleeping bags! It made us weep tears of joy... well, it made us reasonably happy to see everyone shopping without becoming zombie consumers, and of course, to see manly men wearing our old skirts and dresses. This year we will be having a sale: Everything must go!

The Fire Labyrinth

Walk the fire labyrinth! Experience the path of flames, a journey to the center with a hundred or so of your closest fellow festival goers. Like life, it's about the journey, not the destination.


People/Place takes a look at the relationships that form while travelling. Is your memory of the people you met or of the place you were in? I aim to create portraits of old friends and new while discussing the individual's opinion, getting to know you as a person and letting that information shape the style of portrait that is created. Everyone is invited to get involved! If you're an artist, a builder, a mum, a sex worker, a designer, a public servant - doesn't matter. I want your opinion and input!Come shape some wire with me, get to know your subject and create something amazing.

I Am

My plan for an art piece this year consists of two words made using just three large letters, “I AM”; some have said these are two of the most powerful words in our language, each letter is deliberately much bigger than most people at 2m high and up to 1.2m wide, it is a bold statement or perhaps a question and you will not be able to ignore it easily. The key feature of this art piece is that the letters are designed so the surface area of each letter is white PVA material (like a white board) and available to participants as a space where they can both read the answers that others have written and write their own answers, what you put after these words shapes your reality.White board markers and simple instructions will also be provided to encourage participants to get with the plan and to not worry about ‘defacing’ this particular art piece with their thoughts. Apart from the Temple very few art works offer this kind of simple but very effective interaction with participants. It means the Art work will continue to evolve during the event as participants add their unique input to its surface.Each letter will incorporate a solar powered multicoloured lighting system that will make the words visible at night, both in the interests of safety, and because some say that after dark is when Kiwiburn really comes alive.

Suspended Animation

Ascend to new heights and find yourself suspended in the fabric of time, where physics and fun collide between energies of the sublime.

She (Humanoid resonance generator)

SHE is an interactive sound and visual interface for the participation and entertainment of burners......

Painted People

MADesigns is bringing bodyart back to the paddock with a couple of small scale pop up performances planned. watch out for painted people :P

Kiwiburn Pirate Adventures part VII

Climb aboard and come for a ride when we make our trips around the paddocks. When not being used as a Pirate ship it will be available to be used as a stage for music and drama.

An Ode to Spiders

From threads set alight in the dust. Dream bigger. And let go of your fear....

Jumbo Chess

Become Lord of the Board

[your art here!]