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About Time

Submitted by Gordon Hoople

Client: Burning Man

Location: Black Rock City, NV, CA, United States

Completion date: 2019

Project Team


Burning Man


About Time was a 30 foot long, 3,000 pound wooden sundial that went up in flames at Burning Man 2019. This installation projected time using two sundials: a horizontal dial which swept time out across the desert floor and an equatorial dial located on one face of the pyramidal structure. A platform at the peak of the pyramid allowed visitors to become the sundial’s apex and to experience 360° views of the landscape. At the end of the installation the piece was burned, underscoring the fleeting nature of the present moment.


The piece reflected on the role time plays in our lives. We organize our lives around time and yet we know so little about it.