Who We Are
We are a group of volunteers who create art installations and
structures with reflective and sacred spaces. These have been done
for art festivals, as civic projects, and as commissions.
is the principal leader and artist of the majority of the projects.
We have no formal heirarchy or structure.
We are a dynamic group of hundreds of people who dedicate everything
from hours to months of work on any given project, some anonymously.
We have no application process or entrance requirements.
How We Got Started
In 2000, David Best and a group of friends decided to build a structure
for the Burning Man art festival, out of
reclaimed structural wood and the waste wood from a local toy manufacturer.
Not long before the event, one of the crew members died in a motorcycle
accident. The structure was dedicated as a memorial to him, and also as
a space for anyone to leave memorials and inscriptions which would be
burned with the structure at the end of the festival.
The space became an important part of the fabric of the festival, and
David and the crew members realized how important it was to return to
build the space again. Others who had seen and
understood the need for the space joined in. The Temple Crew was born.
After building several temples for subsequent years of the Burning Man
festival, we branched out to doing similar structures in civic settings.
One focus became underprivileged
and underserved neighborhoods, such as a street in San Rafael, California
used by undocumented laborers in search of work, and a blighted
neighborhood in Detroit. We were also invited by the city of San Francisco
to create a semi-permanent structure as a civic art installation in
a new park (installed on the Hayes Green in 2005).
We have other projects planned and in the works.
How To Join The Temple Crew
1) Join our email list (info on the contact
2) Watch for announcements of new projects and work parties.
3) Come out to a work party for a project that interests you, to
get to know us and see what you can contribute.