At Artichoke we are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our events. For Temple this was no different.
All wood used during construction was PFEC certified, which meant it came from a sutainably managed forest and supply chain.
When the structure was set alight, any toxins released into the air quickly diluted to a safe level. As a comparison, if the same material was disposed by landfill, these toxins would have stayed concentrated and taken longer to disperse into the earth.
The carbon dioxide released when Temple was burned would be the same if the original trees from which the wood was cut were left to decompose.
We followed the Burning Man principle of 'Leave No Trace' at the event and returned the site to its original state once the project was over. Members of the local community also volunteered at the start of the build to clear it of any rubbish.
Our audience were also asked to respect the site and not litter, to walk or use public transport to get to the site, and think responsibly about what they brought with them to leave inside Temple: avoiding items made of plastic or similar that could emit a harmful gas when burned.