One of two lead artists selected to build the 2020 Temple at Burning Man hails from Colorado.

Burning Man Arts has announced that this year's Temple will be built by Boulder artist Laurence "Renzo" Verbeck and his co-lead artist Sylvia Adrienne Lisse. The duo’s submission titled “Empyrean” was selected as this year’s Temple, based on the geometry and inclusive design, as well as the strong reputation and work of the co-leads.

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Courtesy of The Burning Man Journal

Verbeck lives in Boulder and is a well-known sculptor, designer, and architect in the community. Verbeck also owns Verbeck Design Studios. He has designed many homes and buildings in the area and incorporates "green-architecture" and "off-the-grid" projects when possible. Verbeck also worked on 2019’s "The Temple of Direction".

The Empyrean Temple is designed as an eight-pointed star with multiple entrances and exits. The structure will reach 70 feet at its highest point and span 200 feet in diameter, and will feature a hovering wooden sculpture representing a flame. The flame will be illuminated to look like fire and rise above the Temple, to be seen throughout the gathering. There will also be flagpoles incorporated into the design where visitors can write and raise messages.

“The creation of art, whether a large structure like Empyrean or molding a handful of clay, is a deeply fulfilling process. It’s a lifelong calling without a name or voice. The energy, drive and cooperative creative spirit that envelopes collaborative creation, like a Temple build, inspired me to submit a Temple design for 2020 and lead people to the height of their individual and group potential.”

Verbeck to the Burning Man Journal.

Burning Man 2020 will take place from August 30–September 7 in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Check out the event website for all you need to know about Burning Man, what it is all about, and how you can be part of it.

We think it's awesome that someone from Colorado is making such a big impact in the art world and look forward to seeing pictures of the finished project. What do you think about the design for the Empyrean Temple? Sound off in the comments below.