Sculptor David Best built his first temple at a music festival in 2000. Made of intricately carved scraps of wood, it was a tribute to a friend who died in a motorcycle accident, and, as the Burning Man festival drew to a close, Best set the whole thing on fire.
Since then, Best has built seven temples, mostly in the USA. But this year, he was persuaded to construct one on a hill overlooking Derry/Londonderry, as a way to bring Protestants and Catholics together, commemorate those killed during the Troubles, and celebrate peace.
The temple was built of balsa wood and was characteristically intricate (we think it looks a bit like somewhere Gandalf might live), and was built with the help of local workers.
For a week before the incineration, locals were able to visit and leave their tributes and messages. Some commemorated dead family members, while others paid tribute to, er, the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: