Architect John Marx reimagines a Greek myth for Burning Man pavilion - architecture and design

Architect John Marx reimagines a Greek myth for Burning Man pavilion



A five-sided pyramid with cutouts influenced by constellations was created to pay homage to heroic woman during this year's Burning Man festival.

Architect John Marx and Brian Poindexter, with San Francisco art collective Playa Muses, built Andromeda Reimagined to subvert the ancient Greek story of Andromeda from a male dominated narrative into a tale of female empowerment.
"By creating Andromeda Reimagined, we wanted to challenge the classical patriarchal Greek myth of Andromeda, wherein a young woman is chained to a rock, left to be devoured by a sea monster that was sent by the Gods to punish her mother for the arrogance of proclaiming her daughter's beauty," Marx told Dezeen.

"Within this new narrative, Andromeda saves herself, with the help of her community," he added. "The 'rock and chains' have been morphed into a story of her inner journey to find strength and purpose in a world of chaos and absurdity." Painted steel was used to form the pavilion's main structure, with the decorative detailing provided by CNC-cut plywood. The white screen panels exhibit ornate patterns evocative of stars. Blue, rotary cut fins, that attach to the pyramid's vertices, resemble the swirling cosmos.

Created for this year's Burning Man, which took place from 25 August to 2 September, the ornate pavilion comprises a series of simple elements so that it could be easily built by Marx's nearly all-volunteer team, and easily packed up and transported to the d...
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