Desert art in the city

(Above) Shrumen Lumen by the Foldhaus Art Collective is a cluster of three plastic mushrooms that can heave, sigh and expand in and out when users press the pad at each mushroom's base. (Left) Truth Is Beauty by Marco Cochrane is a 5.5m-tall stainles
Tin Pan Dragon by Duane Flatmo and steel sculptures that can be lit from the inside with LEDs (above) by Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu are part of the No Spectators: The Art Of Burning Man exhibition at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
(Above) Shrumen Lumen by the Foldhaus Art Collective is a cluster of three plastic mushrooms that can heave, sigh and expand in and out when users press the pad at each mushroom's base. (Left) Truth Is Beauty by Marco Cochrane is a 5.5m-tall stainles
Tin Pan Dragon by Duane Flatmo (above) and steel sculptures that can be lit from the inside with LEDs by Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu are part of the No Spectators: The Art Of Burning Man exhibition at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
(Above) Shrumen Lumen by the Foldhaus Art Collective is a cluster of three plastic mushrooms that can heave, sigh and expand in and out when users press the pad at each mushroom's base. (Left) Truth Is Beauty by Marco Cochrane is a 5.5m-tall stainles
Truth Is Beauty by Marco Cochrane is a 5.5m-tall stainless steel sculpture of a nude woman dancing. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
(Above) Shrumen Lumen by the Foldhaus Art Collective is a cluster of three plastic mushrooms that can heave, sigh and expand in and out when users press the pad at each mushroom's base. (Left) Truth Is Beauty by Marco Cochrane is a 5.5m-tall stainles
Shrumen Lumen by the Foldhaus Art Collective is a cluster of three plastic mushrooms that can heave, sigh and expand in and out when users press the pad at each mushroom’s base. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The No Spectators: The Art Of Burning Man exhibition is the next best thing for those who cannot attend the annual Nevada desert festival

NEW YORK • In the low-lit, second-floor room of Washington's Renwick Gallery, a cluster of three ceiling-height plastic mushrooms glows in a shifting kaleidoscope of neon colours. At each mushrooms' base is a pad that users can press, causing the sculptures to heave, sigh, and expand in and out.

The installation, Shrumen Lumen by the FoldHaus Art Collective, was initially on view under the night sky at Burning Man, a week-long annual festival in the Nevada desert that celebrates the various joys of communal living, 24-hour dance parties, public art, provocative costumes, substance use and a potpourri of spiritualities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 04, 2018, with the headline 'Desert art in the city'. Print Edition | Subscribe