Back in October, Burning Man announced “Metamorphoses” as its 2019 theme, and now attendees are getting a first look at the main structure around which the whole festival as based.

This upcoming year’s Temple of Direction was designed by San Francisco-based artist Geordie Van Der Bosch. Its tiered top is inspired by the hundreds of red torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. The formation was built as a usable and interactive hallway that invites guests to move throughout the structure.

“This linear form reflects the passage of life with its beginning, middle, and end,” Katie Hazard wrote in the official Burning Man Journal. “Throughout the structure there are areas that reflect this journey: narrow & wide spaces, bright & dark spaces, and tunnels that create intimate physical settings. Meanwhile, a large central hall, an altar, and many shelves for offerings create the setting for our collective experience.”

Check out multiple views of the upcoming festival’s main installment below.

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Your 2019 Temple: “The Temple of Direction” by Geordie Van Der Bosch. Katie Hazard writes: “The Temple of Direction is a linear space, capturing the elegance and austerity of the torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Japan, where the artist previously lived. The linear lines form a passage that expands into a large hall, eliciting both a physical experience and a metaphysical journey. It’s a space that responds to the openness of the playa by creating a framework that encourages you to travel from end to end.” Read more in the Burning Man Journal! | Renderings from Geordie Van Der Bosch | #burningman #brc #blackrockcity #temple2019 #temple #radicalselfexpression #participation #thankslarry

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Burning Man will return to its home in Black Rock, Nevada on Sunday, August 25th, running until Monday, September 2nd.

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