Michael Verdon's "Temple of Transformance" was meant to burn. On it were messages from participants, some people sending a message up to the heavens, others burning away their burdens.
Verdon spent months designing the work and building it with 20 volunteers.
"It creates a space for people to come in and share their stores of loss, their fears, their struggles, their hopes," Verdon said.
Some of the messages are heart-rending. One read, "Dear Mom, I know you killed yourself thinking I never loved you and that I would never forgive, but you are wrong." Others tell stories of rape.
But there are love letters, too. "This is one I wrote for my dear husband," said message-writer Amarjit Rathore. She read: "I love my sweetheart, Juggy."
The artist said the fire would help people let go.