Pentaphilia is a large-scale, climbable art installation designed and under construction for Burning Man 2016. It is an abstract object, encoding interesting mathematical ideas and interesting daytime and nighttime features. It is being built by the Tautology Art Collective, the crew that brought Inflection in 2015.
The structure is somewhat difficult to follow with the eye; look closely, and you can see each structural member is a fused double-pentagon, eighteen feet from base to tip. They are arranged to form a double-helical Mobius loop. The piece is a celebration of mathematics, abstraction, and the beauty of an ordered form. Each member will light up according to a programmed sequence, making for a vibrant and highly visible night show.
Last year was our collective's first festival build, and it was an indescribable experience. We learned an incredible amount, and are back to build a thing once again--money permitting. Art isn't free, or even cheap. There will be fundraising activities throughout the year, and we've been invited to apply for grant awards to help make this happen.
We are also on the lookout for crew! Tautology is a growing and evolving collective. Whether you're planning to attend Burning Man 2016 (you should) or not (next year...), there are opportunities for interesting problem-solving, construction, fundraising, planning, and everything else that goes into a production like this. Please don't hesitate to contact the project producer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Build will take place at a home in north Shoreline, WA.