David Best, Temple, etching,
edition of 30, image size 7 5/8" x 5 5/8",
printed on handmade cotton
paper 17 1/2" x 13 3/4", $325.00
David Best (b. 1945) is an internationally-renown American sculptor.
He is well-known for building immense temples out of recycled wood sheets
(discarded from making toys and other punch-outs) for the Burning Man
festivals, where they are then burnt to the ground in a spectacular
light and heat.
Best received a master's degree in sculpture from the
San Francisco Art Institute, where he first took classes
at the age of six. His commitment to public art seems rooted in 1960s-era
His works — ceramic sculpture, collages and more — have
been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
the Oakland Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art and elsewhere.
Best first began collaborating with others, 20 years
ago, when he embarked upon a sideline: stripping down vehicles and giving
them total sculptural makeovers, using recycled materials and found
objects, often retrieved from dumps and dumpsters. Since then, he has
created sculptures from the skeletons of 36 cars and two buses, and
worked with more than 10,000 people.
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