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Christie projection supports Burning Man art exhibit

The exhibit brings the large-scale and experimental installations from the Nevada Black Rock Desert gathering to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Six artworks have been erected in

adjoining streets and Five Ton Crane, an Oakland, California-based industrial arts collective, is one of three featured artists contributing to the larger group exhibit at the Renwick Gallery. The Christie projectors power a series of black and white silent movies created by lead artist Bree Hylkema, which show on the screen throughout the Five Ton Crane exhibit.

“I am delighted that Christie agreed to support our creation through this donation,” said David Shulman, a co-founder of Five Ton Crane. He was already familiar with Christie’s visual technology through his role as chief financial officer of Obscura Digital, a Madison Square Garden company.

“Christie DWU850-GS projectors are the perfect solution for our art creation because Christie’s laser illumination eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements and provides 20,000 hours of low-cost operation,” he adds. “We needed something that could last for a long time, with little maintenance, that were powerful enough to withstand running 10 hours a day for six months – and that’s where Christie came in,” added Sean Orlando, co-founder of Five Ton Crane. “In the marquee, there is a monkey’s head, which was inspired by Hanuman, the monkey god, and his mouth is open. From the inside of the monkey’s head comes the beam from the Christie projector; it looks really cool.”

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