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The Eleventh (CCXI) (DRAFT)


Spire (Burning Man 2022)

Dimensions: 8' x 8' x 48'
Weight: 1200 Lbs
Spire will be painted as shown on images below
Lights: Spotlights at top and bottom + ~200 Solpix v.0.3 at the top


Geodesic Temple is an expression of the Disorient philosophy: individual cells work together to create the ever-evolving landscape of life. As such, Disorient is inspired by the biological model. It is an art-centered, inspirational and nourishing collective that feeds on positive energy. It is open source and creates systems that can be taken apart by others and from which new systems can be developed.

Geodesic Temple is a modular system that uses the octahedron as a building block to create self-supporting structures. The octahedron is one of the five platonic solids. It has been used through the ages in sacred geometry and spiritual architecture. According to various traditions, each of the five platonic solids carries special teachings. The octahedron, also known as “the seed of life,” is symbolic of the union of heaven and earth, which exists within each of us. It also represents the Heart Chakra, serving as an expression of self-love and compassion. The octahedron is connected with the element of Air, consciousness, the breath of life, and new beginnings.

From this rich symbolic basis, Geodesic Temple derives a special power to enable profound personal realizations and transformative collective experiences.

Spire is about the connectedness of all things, in particular human beings. It expresses the idea that we are all in this journey together. We embrace diversity. We are one.


We are building Geodesic Temple Spire at BM22.

Spire ( is a type of GeoTem which explores a new assembly technique involving asymmetrical octahedra. It’s something that we’ve never done before and that requires extra attention to details when making the connections between wooden studs to create the octahedra. We explore a new technique every time we build a GeoTem to enrich our formal vocabulary through experience.

Spire will be painted, which is uncommon for GeoTem. Tt will not be burned, which is also uncommon for recent GeoTems. It is a smaller endeavor than TOBRIT as we focus our efforts and energy in camp this special "reentry" year.

Spire build is scheduled to start on Tuesday August 23rd, 2022. Two by four studs will arrive on playa already cut and primed. Octahedra assembly (drilling holes and painting 2x4 studs then connecting them with Simas Connectors) will be done in camp at Esplanade and 6:30. Connecting octahedra together into Spire will take place in front of camp where the structure will then receive lighting elements and be erected, tentatively on Friday August 26th, 2022.

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Color coding for building reference only.

Cut List

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2x4 boards
Symmetrical 45 degree cuts at each end
Dimension is on long side

10x 96’
12x 90’
12x 84’
12x 78’
12x 72’
12x 66’
12x 60’
12x 54’
12x 48’
12x 42’
3x 36’

The Tenth (Country Club 2022)

A sculpture by Geodesic Temple at Disorient Country Club 2022 read more
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Temple of Zero Gravity

The progeny of Geodesic Temple and the Zero Gravity Chair. read more

Mantap (Burning Mantap 2021)

A primal piece for the first Disorient event in Bali. read more

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Temple of Brad Pitt - Minecraft edition (Burning Man 2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Burning Man 2020 did not take place in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Instead, several virtual versions of Burning Man were created online based on different 3D technologies. Disorient participated to a couple of those worlds while Geodesic Temple decided to focus on the Minecraft version. read more

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Temple of Brad Pitt (TOBRIT) (Burning Man 2019)

The Temple of Brad Pitt channels the famous Hollywood actor. It captures Brad Pitt’s aura, extracts the essence of his being through data gathering and redisplays it as a performative sculpture at Burning Man 2019 enabling participants who enter a special apparatus to briefly experience what it is to be him. read more

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The Ninth: Euclid's Elements - Book XIII - Proposition 14 (Country Club 2019)

Director, Producer, Design, 3D model: The Eye
Assembly: Sofy, Ahmad, So On It, The Eye
Burn: Johnny B.

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Temple of Incompletion (TOI) (Burning Man 2018)

The Temple of Incompletion is an ode to the unsolved problems and the unanswered questions, it is a reminder that it is important for some things to remain unfinished, incomplete, open. read more

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The Eighth (Disorient Country Club 2018)

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Temple of Forbidden Symmetry (TFS) (Burning Man 2017)

The Temple of Forbidden Symmetry is an ode to the unsolved problems and the unanswered questions, it is a reminder that it is important for some things to remain unfinished, imperfect, open. read more

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GeoTem Art Car

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The Seventh aka ETH (Country Club 2017)

Director, Producer, Design, 3D model: The Eye
Assembly: Lowroad, Slavik K., The Eye
Lighting: Vadim
Burn: Lowroad, Jason G., Volume

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Crypto (Bedouin Tech 2017)

Director, Design, 3D model: The Eye
Producers: The Eye, Firas
Connector advisors: Simas B., Lowroad
LED / Programming: Warren, Jacob J., Paul
Wood: Carlos, Ivan, Zander, Orwa, Azmi, Omar, Ameed, Eli
Shade: Zarina
Logistics, Coordination, Fundraising: Firas, Warren

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Tetrax (Burning Man 2016)

(13) octahedra

- Uses wood and connectors from GAX.
- Assembly/disassembly required DPW crane for 4 hours
- Disassembly required DPW crane for 2 hours

Director: The Eye
Producers: The Eye, Trammel H.
Assembly Lead: Randy P., Jacob Markus H.

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The Sixth (Country Club 2016)

Dimensions: 16' wide x 24' high x 16' deep

- First time using OHs of different sizes together in a GeoTem.

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Sarcophagus (Bedouin Tech 2016)

3D model: File:GeodesicTempleBedouinTechDubai2016.skp
Dimensions: 1100cm wide x 680cm high x 1070cm deep

COMPONENTS (2 OH contingency included):
(8) octahedra
(96) 400cm long 2x4 studs (sourced in Dubai)
(96) Simas connectors (made in Dubai)
(36) Lowroad connectors (made in Dubai)
(888) 0.25" x 2.5" bolt/washer/nut combo
(96) 380cm white LED strips with power supply and controller

- Sarcophagus is the first GeoTem to use 400cm long wooden studs (previous GeoTems used 8ft. long studs). This means that each OH will require ladders to be assembled. We will need two 300cm ladders.
- Final assembly will require work done at 680cm high so we might need a small cherrypicker for construction and break-down

Director, Design, 3D model: The Eye
Producers: The Eye, Firas
Connector advisors: Simas B., Lowroad
LED / Programming: Warren, Ivan, Justin
Wood: Guillaume, Freeman, Wees, D'Arcy, Ramzi
Paint: Talal, Rawi, Salina
Logistics, Coordination, Fundraising: Firas, Warren

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Asterix (Burning Man 2015)

3D model: File:GeoTemAsterix2015.skp

(9) octahedra

Uses wood and connectors from GAX.

Director: The Eye
Producers: The Eye, Justin D.
Electronics design: Max Henstell, Matt Mets
Assembly: Lowroad, Freeman, Jasmine Y, Jared Klett, Brian O'Clair, Justin D., Sera Solstice, J. Good


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The Fifth (Country Club 2015)

by The Eye and Ninja
3D model: File:GeoTemCC2015.skp

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Material and tools:
- 75x 2x4x8' wood studs
- 4x 2x4x10' wood studs
- 64x Simas Connectors
- 25x Lowroad Connectors
- 9x Triangular Tarps. provide shade during the day. To be removed before burn.
- 100x 6" ball bungees
- 2x Screw gun with bits
- Ryobi charger
- miter saw
- big box 1 5/8" screws
- big box 2 1/2" (better) OR 2" screws
- small washers for 1 5/8" screws
- 2x white folding table

The Fourth (Country Club 2014)

GeoTem at Country Club
by the Soviet Block
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The Third (Country Club 2013)

by Lowroad and The Eye
Named by Dimitri
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GeoTem on the Dex

GeoTem07 (2011)

GeoTem06 on its side
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Height: 61' Length: 116' Width: 82'. 24 studs x ?? octahedra = ?? 2x4x8' studs.

GeoTem06 (2011)

Iteration of GeoTem04 and GeoTem05
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Height: 64' Length: 82' Width: 82'. 24 studs x 144 octahedra = 1728 2x4x8' studs.

GeoTem05 (2011)

Iteration of GeoTem04
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Height: 52' Length: 57' Width: 57'. 24 studs x 55 octahedra = 660 2x4x8' studs.

GAX (GeoTem04 Arena Hexa) (Burning Man 2011)

Burning Man Proposal
360 photo of GAX
Setup and breakdown (unedited time-lapse by Matt P.)
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Photos by James Addison

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Height: 32' Length: 110' Width: 95'. 12 studs x 65 octahedra = 780 2x4x8' studs.
3D model of GAX: File:GAX.skp

GeoTem04 Arena Square (2011)

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Height: 32' Length: 83' Width: 83'. 12 studs x 52 octahedra = 624 2x4x8' studs.

GeoTem04a (2011)

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Height: 32' Length: 33' Width: 33'. 24 studs x 21 octahedra = 480 2x4x8' studs.

GeoTem04 (2011)

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Height: 32' Length: 33' Width: 33' Weight: ~2000 Lbs (including metal connectors and hardware). 12 studs x 13 octahedra = 156 2x4x8' studs.
Line drawing 3D model of GeoTem04: File:GeoTem04 line.skp

Figment NYC 2011

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Playa Del Fuego Spring 2011 Odessa, DE

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Dead load analysis

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Dead load+Wind analysis

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Assembly sequence

1. Connect 5 OH to create big C #1
2. Connect 5 OH to create big C #2
3. Add 1 OH to big C #1 to create Arch #1
4. Add 2 OH to big C #2 to create Arch #2
5. Raise Arch # 1 and #2 and connect them together. Use box truck as elevated platform.

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GeoTemAlpha (Disorient presents: GLAMTECH)

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GeoTemAlpha is the first Geodesic Temple to be built. It is a proof of concept made of seven octahedra that form approximately half of GeoTem04. It uses the Lowroad Single Stud Cord design. 2x4 studs are assembled into octahedra using the Simas Connector version 1. It is painted fluorescent pink. Produced by Preston and Jay.
Height: 15' Length: 27' Width: 30'. 12 studs x 7 octahedra = 84 2x4x8' studs.


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Height: 36 feet. 24 studs x 57 octahedra = 1368 2x4x8' studs.

GeoTem 01, 02

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Height: 91 feet. All icosahedra are the same size.

3D files

GeoTem03, 04, 05, 06: Media:GeoTemOcta01.skp‎
GeoTem01, 02: Media:GeoTemIco.skp‎


- Camp frontage and Dex transformation uses same polyhedron as Geodesic Temple.

La Fievre d'Urbicande
From Victoria's inspirations and JoeChe on FB
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