The Temple of Remembrance (2013)



 The Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation is proud to sponsor a unique project by internationally known Temple Builder David Best. David is renowned for his ephemeral temples, wooden structures that live for months, weeks, or sometimes just days, and are then burned to release emotions and generate community.

This is his first permanent steel structure. It incorporates David’s brilliant blending of imagery ranging from Celtic to Hindu to European Gothic. The Temple of Remembrance is massive! More than 34 feet high and exceeding 25 feet in diameter, it includes tons of welded steel and features the intricate designs and detail David’s fans have come to expect.

While it will not be burnt, the steel’s reaction to wind and weather and the welcome addition of handwritten flags, photos and mementos will transform it year by year.

The location could not be better! The outdoor sculpture at Paradise Ridge Winery is a gift from the owners, Walter Byck and his family. Seven days a week, the public can experience great art in nature.

Please consider financially supporting this lasting project, which will grace the foothills of Northern California for many years to come. Plans are underway for events and programming that allow and encourage us to gather and experience release and renewal.

The Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Please like us on Facebook or email  to learn how you can help.




There are certain things that a temple has to do in order to give you the freedom to release the demons that you have. It has to have a certain type of beauty. It has to be so beautiful, and now we are talking about the philosophy of art. It has to be so beautiful that you are about to give up the thing that has been haunting you most of your life. – David Best

 The Temple of Remembrance Crew


  • David Best
  • Doug Unkrey
  • Kris Perry


  • Mike Tayek
  • Max Heiges
  • Cairenn Voigt
  • Brook Bannister
  • Megan Lush


  • Judy Voigt
  • Che Voigt
  • Debra Lehane
  • Greg Pagel
  • Carolyn Lewis
  • Ray Holley

Dedicated October 20, 2013

David Best

Born in San Francisco, Best attended the College of Marin, receiving a BFA, followed by the San Francisco Art Institute where he was awarded an MFA. He first caught the attention of the art world through the 3-4 foot high plaster figures he creates that are then covered with cast porcelain and found objects suggesting Indian shamans buried beneath talismans and fetishes. Besides making his art, he is also known for art cars which he embellishes. Most recently he has become known as the Temple Builder at Burning Man. His work can be found in major museum collections. Locally his work can be seen at diRosa Preserve in Napa.

David Best

David Best




David Best on the Impact of his Burning Man temples


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