Skrillex keeps a special place in his heart for Burning Man. He’s made a number of trips out to the Playa in recent years, typically stopping by for pop-up performances and dusty hangs in the Nevada desert at least for a few days each year. Ahead of 2019’s iteration of Burning Man, the OWSLA head honcho is donating a performance in Reno to help raise funds for Head Maze—a new art installation aiming to debut at the burn later this summer. This isn’t the first time Skrillex has done this, last linking with the same team of artists to help with fundraising efforts for their 2016 piece, Space Whale.
The new piece, Head Maze, which is currently under construction at a shared art space in Reno called The Generator, actually sounds like quite the head-turner. The structure is three stories tall, depicting a massive head resting on one hand, whose skin is being peeled back by the other hand to reveal a crystalline design beneath. Inside, the 40-foot head will be a complex labyrinth comprised of 18 rooms.
Matt Schultz, the lead designer on the Head Maze project described the sculpture, explaining,
“The sculpture will be dedicated to the complexities of cognition, our common struggle between body and mind, nature and nurture and our persistently fluctuating perception of self.”
Skrillex is performing on July 20 at Cargo Concert Hall and tickets are $44. Head Maze is aiming to raise 190,000 to meet the project’s fundraising goal before Burning Man kicks off on August 25. Purchase tickets here.
H/T: Reno Gazette Journal