The Spirit of the Healing Siren is a new artwork by the amazing Turburam Sandagdorj, or STuro, a Mongolian artist who joined me in our group project last year. It has already received a partial honorarium, but STuro needs your help to make this project a reality.
"I am honoured and humbled to announce that my metal sculpture "The Spirit of The Healing Siren" was partially funded by the Black Rock City Honorarium Grant 2023.
The concept is to take the ancient Greek mythical creature the Siren, known for luring men with their sweet voices in order to kill them, as benevolent and healing beings, as lanterns and beacons of positive healing energy, transmitted from the Universe.
Furthermore, in Mongolian ancient philosophy, and in that of many other cultures, the bird symbolises wisdom and compassion as it flies above and sees everything below. It acts as a messenger, bringing clarity, understanding, and forgiveness to the people.
I am very excited to create and build together again with talented metal sculptor Adrian Landon, project manager Rebekah Stetson, Silhouette Fine Art connaisseuse Serene N.W, professional photographer Robert Rollins, lightning engineer John Turner and my Team."
The crowdfunding campaign is live on Kickstarter now!
An overview of this year's Burning Man grantees from Reno and Carson City, featuring STuro, was published on Double Scoop on April 11th
Allow me to introduce: Turburam Sandagdorj, or STuro for short. He is a Mongolian-American artist specialised in silhouette paper cut art, or Tsagasun Baru. With an experience of over 35 years in the medium, STuro has created many incredible silhouette artworks. The mesmerising images conjure scenes from nature, the spiritual world, Mongolian history and mythology.
His art is astonishing. The detail, the imagination, the striking images. All done by hand, with minute precision. Although essentially two-dimensional, he manages to draw the viewer into his fantastic worlds with an incredible amount of depth.
After a wonderful first participation in our Project 'Wild Horses of the American West' in 2022, STuro is now back with a project of his own, 'The Spirit of the Healing Siren'. I am so happy to see him receive funding for this vision, and incredibly excited to help bring it to life.
- Adrian Landon
PBS Reno on STuro in March of 2023:
"Meet Turburam Sandagdorj of Reno, Nevada. Using black paper, sharp scissors, and a lot of patience and technique, this artist creates highly-detailed silhouettes. Through his process, which he has perfected over 30 years, he celebrates his Mongolian heritage, his love for nature, and an appreciation for a simple lifestyle."
Watch a summary by clicking the thumbnail. The full length episode of ARTEFFECTS starring Turo can be watched here.