‘Hayam’ Temple to Sunlight


Narrative | ‘Hayam’: a filigree temple of light and shelter, a spiritual retreat resting lightly on the Playa, a tiny tessellated palace named for love and open to the sky, a miniature caravansary to welcome the weary traveller.

The Hayam embodies the spirit of Islamic geometry: intricately interwoven patterns and repeating themes that speak of infinity. Geometry is the language of the universe; in the very small the infinite can be found.

Physical Description | Erupting flowers of perforated plywood seamlessly joined together to form a beautiful curvilinear structure. Reminiscent of muqarnas and moucharaby but stripped back to the pure essential fretwork and form, leaving behind only what is necessary. Enamels, glazes and precious metals are replaced by the gold of scattered light filtering through the delicate tracery of the screen, elevating the spirit. The treasures are not material things; they are spiritual. A place of illumination, intended for contemplation.

Emerging from a study into the geometry of Islamic art the pavilion references motifs and arabesques traditionally found in mosques and other sacred places though in itself the Hayam has ties to no religion; it transcends time and space, language and culture.

Interactivity | The structure provides a refuge from the heat of the sun and an intimate spiritual place for people to gather and rest. During the night the four pillars illuminate like a giant lantern with gas fires and the flames can be seen dancing behind the filigree patterns. The gas fires heat the area during the cold night so the space continues to function as a comfortable retreat.

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Construction sequence and prefabrication:12 122


Small scale test model:a

Large 1:1 Scale Test Model:b

Stars to Sand

The ‘Stars to Sand’ installation has been inspired by the phenomenon of the ‘Ice Halo’ – when tiny crystals of ice in the sky create huge halos of light and rainbows across the sky . The original starting point had been the study of snowflakes and their formation and extreme diversity, their magical quality and luminescence. This led to a closer study of prism shaped crystals and the refraction of light.

Arctic Halo
An Ice Halo forming around the sun in the Arctic

The intention of the crystal wall is to bring the halos and rainbows ‘from the stars down to the sand’ – to make that ethereal and ephemeral experience into something more tangible and longer lasting yet equally beautiful and on a human scale.  Ice halos and rainbows are elusive and out of reach; this installation is designed to make them accessible, to immerse the spectator and participant in a mystical experience, to place them within the rainbow.

This is achieved through a wall of water prisms that create a time based experience by dispersing the light of the sun into fantastic awe-inspiring rainbow patterns at certain times within the day – sunrise, high noon and sunset.

During the night a simple lighting rig is used to project moving beams of light onto the wall to produce specific refraction patterns across the Playa.  At night these light patterns can involve human interaction by the inclusion of movement sensors to create a responsive crystal wall that lights up and projects rainbows based on the movement of people around it.

It will also create the unexpected illusion of a wall of ice in the desert, a paradox, as if a rolling wave had frozen on a beach and become a crystalline form.

Burning Man, day time render.Josh Haywood

Burning Man. Sunset Rainbows Render. Josh Haywood
Sunset rainbows
Burning Man Night time Render. Dancing Rainbows. Josh haywood
Night time dancing rainbows
Minute crystals sampled from atmosphere during halo formation
Minute halo forming crystals
A halo forming around the moon
Model1. Josh Haywood
Prism model

Model2. Josh Haywood

Model3 Josh Haywood
Light experiments


Recently I spent the day making ice crystals in the kitchen. The relatively simple experiment requires little more than a plastic bottle, some dry ice, and a lot of patience!

In short you surround the bottle with dry ice to lower the temperature to the crystal forming region ( 0 to -20), have a source of water within the bottle – a wet sponge – to saturate the air within the bottle, and a point on which the crystals can form – Here I used a fishing line running through the middle of the bottle.

Early signs of crystals

At the 10 minute mark the first signs of crystals were materialising

The First Ice Crystal

A further 10 minutes into the experiment and proper flakes began to form

Crystal formation on growth chamber sides

At the 45 minute mark better crystals had formed on the sides of the growth chamber than on the nylon thread.

An hour into the  experiment and the crystals had started to grow radically and lost much of the symmetry found in the earlier stages. I put this down to the varying conditions brought on by continuously opening the chamber to take pictures, so i decided to repeat the experiment under more controlled conditions and left the grown chamber untouched for an hour. This allowed the development of a nicely symmetrical fernlike dendrite branch (nearly 1cm long!!):