Interview, article, and photos by Stacey A.
It's been a month since Burning Man, and even as a 7th year Burner, my most vivid memory to date is of the massive art piece, Embrace, 72-foot wooden sculpture of two people, Alpha and Omega, embracing one another.
Embrace concept simulation
I was initially excited to interview Embrace’s creator, Matt Schultz, to find out more about the concept behind his art. Schultz, of the Pier Group, is responsible for past large-scale Burning Man projects like the 2011 Pier and the 2012 Pier 2. He also founded an inclusive art space in Sparks called the Generator. However, our conversation took an interesting turn as he explained the poltics behind the entire project. Schultz isn't happy with the bureacracy of the Burning Man art committee, and he isn't afraid to say so.
There was drama surrounding Embrace since the beginning.
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