NewsLocal NewsWater Cooler


Burning Man-Inspired Art Exhibit Part of Larger Plan

Posted at 12:04 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 14:04:08-05

Come for the lights and vibrant colors, stay and leave your own mark on love. 

“You can hammer messages of love in this art car. [It’s] a World War II bunker that has been renovated into an art space,” said Katie Swarm, the event producer at Walter Productions. 

Walter Productions is a production house in Phoenix that started as an artist collective inspired by Burning Man, an annual festival held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

“Radical self-expression is a principle of Burning Man that carries over to Walter,” said Gordon Ogden, the director of marketing and brand at Walter Productions. “Our mission is really to bring more happiness and more whimsical to the world.”

A warehouse in Downtown Phoenix houses rooms of endless color and oversized, lit up cars like “Big Red” that serve as part of a century-long plan of community integration with art. 

“The first 10 [years] was really based around these immersive experiences, based around these art cars. We like to create art that is almost bigger than life but allows people to interact and really be a part of it,” said Ogden. 

Like the re-purposed military bunker, the Walter Project is all about second chances. 

“With not only people in relationships and giving people another chance, but also how can we see and acquire these elements that have been kind of tossed to the side and give them a second chance,” said Ogden. 

Whether an art exhibit in-house or a light show in your neighborhood. The Walter Project is just scratching the surface when it comes to bringing people together. 

“We really can’t wait to dig some deep roots here at home,” said Swarm.