peruvian-american art creator, dicapria, is in the process of creating a 14-foot tall gummy bear light installation that will premiere at burning man 2017. the gummy bear pyramid is designed to awaken the imagination and encourage creative expression. the artist’s vision, aligning with that of burning man, is to provide a space that encourages anyone that enters to play, perform, create, share knowledge and engage with others’ creative minds. 

the translucency of the acrylic will allow the sun to illuminate the bears during the day, while LED lights will illuminate the pyramid at night



the original idea came about in 2012 when the lead artist, dicapria, began to experiment with ideas for a new light installation series. the artist, who has been influence for years by various architectural line work, tibetan buddhist sand mandalas, stained glass, crop circles, and lite-brite, turned to this unlikely medium for her then 2013 art series, ‘gummy bear mandalas in light boxes’. over 200,000 small bears will be hand casted using liquid plastic and dyed to radiate a rainbow prism of translucent hues. the bears will mimic traditional candy gummy bears in size and shape. each bear will be placed individually to form elaborate patterns on all four sides of the pyramid.

the bears will mimic traditional candy gummy bears in size and shape

a prototype of the gummy bear pyramid

lead artist dicapria with their light installation 



project info:


artistic director/lead artist: dicapria
structural designer/technical director: GD wright
architect/design coordinator: lily stephens
engineer/producer: martin taylor
production manager: kate kuaimoku
campaign manager: allison leevers



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: lynn chaya | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news