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"OLD NEWS"TEMPLE BUILDER GETS THE BOOT IN SAN RAFAEL

Burning Man's renowned temple-builder, David Best, was one day from completing a towering art project dedicated to the day laborers in San Rafael's canal district when the city decided it was all too much.

"The Chapel of the Laborer," a small-scale version of the respected plywood structures that Best builds for the weeklong festival in the Nevada desert and then burns in remembrance of the dead, was to be a temporary sanctuary where Latinos could gather, pray or light a candle for loved ones.

One of six pieces in a new exhibit titled "Offerings and Sanctuaries," the chapel sits on a busy corner in front of a Mexican grocery store on Bellam Boulevard. It was created from scraps donated by a company that makes wooden toys, and it has a bench, shrine and large ceramic Madonna. Best spent a month prepping for the piece, and a 30-member crew worked four days to erect it...

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/02/02/MNGMUB4A3N1.DTL
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