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1000 Hands by Nicholas DeBruyne and Maria Gotay with Wevolve Labs and Art Island dust stor

"We were awed by several projects featuring the craftsmanship and beauty of fine craft. "

-Burning Man Journal

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A Collective Tapestry
created by many in Austin, TX
& brought to life in the desert

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this amazing artwork: 1000 HANDS. We're now seeking opportunities to exhibit this piece back in Texas, and beyond! Please reach out to inquire about booking.

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1000 Hands was the only 2023 Burning Man Honorarium Artwork coming from Austin. Our team built the spectacular hand-dyed and upcycled fabric piece over the course of the summer at various locations in Texas with over 500 volunteers.
On the playa, it stood directly in line with The Man and The Temple on the edge of deep playa in "the vortex." Our kinetic and vibrant work brought communities together to marvel and interact, attracted DJ performances from Deborah De Luca, Be Sven, hosted weddings and special fire shows, and lived many more lives that we'll never know about.

It was received as one of the tallest, most colorful, and most handmade pieces at Burning Man. At night, 1000 Hands transformed into a massive sound-reactive flag lit by thousands of LEDs. Its onsite installation included Modtruss with custom lighting design.


Community-Powered Teamwork

The piece's co-creators are Nicholas Debruyne of Wevolve Labs & Lake Flato, and Maria Gotay of Art Island & Red Velvet Events. Combining their love for interactive art experiences, community, and earth-shaping messaging, they’re building a movement in Austin toward unique art projects and practices.

Our Austin-Based team of 20 artists, including Janitha Karunate and Lauren Schroeder as Tech Leads and Morgan Baker as materials lead and Liz Bryant and Jordan Miller as Community Leaders, came together to build an artwork, and a community.
As the name “1000 Hands” suggests, this artwork was  be co-created by the involvement of over 500 participants whose hands weave a community as we build our art.  

The work has been displayed at Highbrow Lowbrow as a hanging work from the inside of a tunnel dome, and at The Contemporary Laguna Gloria in a fabric house shape.

work days

Work with Us


Community work days:

June 10
June 21
July 1
July 12
August 6
August 12

August 16

Learn more on eventbrite! 

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Fund Us

Give on our crowdfunding site, GiveButter! Burning Man funds 40-50% of a project's full budget on average, not including payment to the artists.
Your donation helps us create this monumental work, helps our 20-person team travel to exhibit it, and helps pave a legacy for its future exhibiton.


Party with  Us


Join us in bringing a taste of Burning Man to Austin for one night only! 

Featuring: ☠️ Fractal Droid Stage 🦄 Badillac Art Car 🔥 Fire Visualizer 🖐️ @1000handsart Honorarium Artwork 🔥 Exclusive performances from 🖼️ Live Art Auction 💌 Playa Postcard Station 🛍️ Burner Glam Market 

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