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Stardust Concept

Burning Man 2018


The original idea was inspired by the rotating and undulating movement of the vortex of Vaux's Swifts descending into the chimney at Chapman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon.

It was so moving that I wanted to recreate that motion someway in an art installation.


On a hike the next day, the vision morphed into a more celestial realm as I saw stars, planets and little UFOs replacing the dots of birds in the vortex. I felt that people could be just as moved looking up at dots of “stardust” as I was witnessing the earthly creatures.


Every year at Burning Man, I ride out toward the trash fence to take a break from the lights and music. The Black Rock Desert sky is breathtaking -  it's easy to forget when you're surrounded by so much stimuli!


Stardust is my gift oasis to those who find themselves overwhelmed. 


My wish was that participants would discover my installation out in deep playa, relax on its flying saucer-shaped bench, look up to see twinkling dots of light slowly swaying above as an encouragement to witness the stars (and stardust), breathe deeply and take in the beauty. 


And they did!

Stardust was awarded a Black Rock City Honoraria and successfully landed on playa at Burning Man in 2018.

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Stardust Sketch

Concept Sketch


Stardust Interactivity

Stardust 3D

3D Rendering of Stardust by Be Han

Stardust Helpers

Volunteers Hard at Work


Gluing and Assembling Stardust's Base

Galactic Tube

Galactic Tube Celestial Patterns


Laying Out Portal Lights

Stardust Build

Late Night Testing


Fully Assembled Base

Stardust Final Touches

Final Touches Before Stardust Leaves for Burning Man

Building Stardust at Burning Man 2018

Stardust Has Landed!

On Playa Celebration

Campaign Toast

Stardust Celebration

Ta Da!

Stardust with VW Bus Camp Members

My Campmates Enjoying Stardust

Stardust at Burning Man 2018

Stardust Under Moonlight

Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF) 2019


After Burning Man, Stardust headed north to Portland, Oregon in February 2019.

It was a featured sculpture for the annual Portland Winter Light Festival and spent a few icy and snowy days on the banks of the Willamette River. It was incredible!

See the journey here!

Stardust at PDXWLF 2019
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