David Best

Best-known as the legendary and iconic temple builder of the annual Burning Man arts encampment on the Nevada desert, Sonoma County artist David Best has created his first permanent steel structure.

Sponsored by the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation, his new 32-foot-tall work, Permanent Temple of Remembrance, will be dedicated with a ceremony and celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa.

“David Best is renowned for his ephemeral temples, wooden structures that live for months, weeks, or sometimes just days, and are then burned to release emotions and generate community,” said Ray Holley of the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation.

The new piece is permanent, but will serve the same spiritual purpose, Holley said.

“While it will not be burnt per se, the steel’s reaction to wind and weather (rust is after all, just an extremely slow burn!) and the welcome addition of handwritten flags, photos and mementos will transform it year by year,” he explained.

Information: www.prwinery.com, 707-528-9463.

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