In May I travel to Oregon to build a permanent Temple structure on Wolf Run Ranch, the annual site of What The Festival.
WTF is a four day, dynamic music and movement event that offers camping, glamping, RV extravaganza and continual entertainment for 3,000+ festival-goers. The private land it is held on is gladed with Doug Fir and Pine, sits in an area of semi-desert in the rain shadow of the east slope of Mt. Hood and is about two and a half hours from Portland.
Music festivals can be loud and exhausting and one can get maxed out on the intensity of it all. I am creating a space of solitude and escape. The structure is being called a Temple however it is really a space of self-reflection and meditation. Since the festival organizers own the land at Wolf Run Ranch the Temple will remain for year-round use.
I have designed a very serene and simple structure which will be made completely of materials found on the ranch. The spire will be dead fir trunks wrapped in a woven rising spiral of branches. The altar will be of boulders moved into place with farm equipment. I will carve them in place and the off-fall of stone will become part of the flooring layer of pea-gravel from a nearby dry creek bed.
If you are in the area in the middle of June come see us at What The Festival and take tea with us in the Temple: