E Pluribus Unum at night        Photo by Manuel Robalino



Thank you to all of our contributors and to the Burning Man Organization for your support in creating E Pluribus Unum! 
For Burning Man 2019, sculptor Kelly Smith Cassidy created a design for the Burning Man Design Challenge: Urban Spaces for the Man Pavilion 2019.
The project incorporates intimate areas for people to gather, think and express themselves. There were three circular seating areas, each with LED flowers on stems surrounding the circle and led lights coming from within the seating to make the units all light up. 
Kelly and her Tahoe based team worked through the summer to bring this offering to the playa this year. Their main goal of this project is to create a civically centered area where the people of Black rock city can gather, play and contemplate. 

OUR TEAM Leaders

The E Pluribus Unum team was created with the intent to connect our minds to a collective Oneness and understanding. We are a group of artists, woodworkers, sculptors and innovators...and of course....Burners. 


Kelly Smith Cassidy | Artist |  Project Lead

Kelly has been a full time artists for 22 years. In 2018, she received her first Burning Man grant to create a "burnout" for the Man Pavilion. She created "Creu Hudol (Magical Being)"; a 6.5 foot sculpture made of wood, glass and crystal. She also created the ginormous stove for the Baba Yaga House an Honoraria for Burning Man 2018 and played the witch, Baba Yaga a few nights during Burning Man. 

Lauren Smith  |  Lead Builder

Lauren Smith comes to our crew with extensive building knowledge.  He has been on several Burning Man art installation build crews over the years including most recently as a build lead for the Temple at Burning Man 2018. Lauren is a professional builder and fine cabinet maker. His expertise for this project is unparalleled. 

Kevin Cassidy | Structural Tech Lead

Kevin Cassidy has been a Dentist for over 30 years and love a good technical challenge. This is his first Burning Man Project. He has a degree in Physics and is excited to use his expertise on E Pluribus Unum. 

Marianne Rosenfeld   |   Crew Lead

Marianne Rosenfeld is an artist and carpenter of fine furniture in South Lake Tahoe. She is the artist/owner of Forrest Furniture (ForrestFurniture.com) and creates one-of-a-kind adirondack chairs out of classic skis. Marianne's skill and hard work is seen throughout the whole process of E Pluribus Unum.



Claire Nightingale | Project & Admin Manager

Claire is the owner/operator of Tahoe Fire Dancers. Her and her team have performed at several well-known festivals such as Wanderlust and Snowglobe as well as the Fire Conclave at Burning Man- burn night for several years.

Claire is the Administrative and Projectmanager and agent for Craig Newman Art. 

Lee Pollock  |   Build Crew

Lee Pollock is a professional bronze sculptor. The South Lake Tahoe native is also a construction worker. This is his second burn and first Burning Man art installation. 

Craig Newman  | Artistic Liason

Craig Newman is an artist living in South Lake Tahoe. A long time burner, Craig has had his hand on a variety of art projects on and off playa. The most notable being the painting of the Christina Art Car. 

Craig is the MOOP Lead for the project and will be the on playa Administrative Helper. 

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