David Best and the Temple Crew worked with Coral Springs and Parkland community members to build a 35-foot-tall temple, with no religious affiliation. The Temple is a temporary structure and is not intended to serve as a memorial, but rather to be a place where the community can gather and reflect. By building the temple together, community members have produced an object of great beauty out of loss. Community members worked alongside David’s Temple Crew, seasoned volunteers who have worked with him on past projects. Construction of the temple took take place from January 30 to February 13, 2019.
It is built on the former City Hall site in Coral Springs on 9551 West Sample Road. Pets are not allowed. Parking on site, click to view Entrance/Parking Map
In past work with parents, students and first-responders, David has found that the process and resulting temple help to rebuild hope. It will be open to the public from 7 am to dusk every day until (TBA) when it will be burned in a ceremonial fire.
If you are interested in hosting a gathering or class, at the temple once it is open to the public, please contact Liz at 954-344-1008 or email@example.com to schedule it.
Some of the key dates for this project are:
- January 30 – February 13, 2019: The Healing Temple construction will take place every day, including weekends from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. If you are interested in participating in the construction of the Temple, you must make a minimum commitment of 2 hours, be 12 years or older.
- January 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.: Public Presentation & Reception at Coral Springs Museum of Art. David Best will discuss his work and experiences, followed by a reception. This event is open to the public. MEDIA: We will accommodate interviews with the artist prior to the reception, coordination must be made in advance through Media Relations.
- February 9, 2019, 12-5 p.m. is Family Day. This is an opportunity for families with young children to work on the Healing Temple.
- February 14, 2019: The Healing Temple completed, ready for formal opening to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the tragedy that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
- February 14, 2019 through (date TBD), 7 a.m. – dusk; daily – The Healing Temple is open to the public for reflection.
David Best is an internationally acclaimed artist well known for building large elaborate temples, modifying and decorating automobiles and buses, and creating intricate sculptures out of found materials. David’s art career started at the age of 6 years old taking classes at the San Francisco Art Institute where he later received a master’s degree in sculpture. David’s work is collected by preeminent museums and art collectors.
Since the beginning of this millennium, David and the Temple Crew have become revered for their work at the Burning Man Festival held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Similar works have now been replicated in communities from Nepal to Ireland, and with other international locations on the horizon. Most recently, David constructed a Temple inside of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC as part of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibition.
David works out of Petaluma in Sonoma County, California where he resides with wife Maggie and a bevy of farm animals, trucks, and an assortment of mutant vehicles.