Californian artist David Best began the tradition of building Temples at Burning Man in 2000, following the death of a crew member during construction on another project. He has since built eight different structures at the event with the help of hundreds of volunteers and the Temple Crew. Over the years these structures have taken on a spiritual significance, becoming spaces for remembrance and forgetting, each ritually burnt to the ground at the end of the event.
Best has worked with communities in San Francisco and Detroit to build other Temples. He also uses found objects to embellish cast porcelain figures and creates art cars.