Duel Nature

Duel Nature by Kate Raudenbush graced the waterfront of the Truckee River in downtown Reno, Nevada, from May 21, 2010 to December 1, 2010. Located on the corner of Sierra Street and Island Avenue, this elegant and contemplative work transformed a once empty lot into a temporary interactive art installation, performance venue and community gathering space.

Duel Nature by Kate Raudenbush
Sierra St and Island Avenue, Reno, Nevada
May 21, 2010 – November 15, 2010
Plasma cut steel, steel tubing, red acrylic mirror 10’H x 40’W x 40’D

Duel Nature in Reno, Nevada. Photo by Mark Hammon

About the Project

First exhibited at Burning Man in 2006, Duel Nature evokes contrast and duality on many levels. The bold color and severe geometric components contrast with the fluidity of the work’s larger presence. The mirrored surface creates an intimate interaction with each individual, whereas the overall form encompasses and encircles many people at once.

“Duel Nature references the spiral of our human DNA. The struggle inherent to the duality of the human condition is expressed by the violence of the raw plasma-cut, bolted steel exterior, in contrast with the vitality of the interior blood-red mirror. As visitors gather inside the vibrant core of the sculpture, their myriad reflections remind us of our shared genetic bond and our shared humanity.”

Duel Nature in Reno, Nevada. Photo by Mark Hammon

About the Site

In 2007, BRAF embarked upon a fruitful collaboration with the vibrant community of Burning Man enthusiasts, local businesses and city officials of Reno, Nevada, to transform this once vacant lot into an attractive art park, featuring rotating exhibitions of large-scale works of art. The Reno community continues to express their gratitude for BRAF’s and Burning Man’s contribution to their community’s landscape. Duel Nature was the third exhibition at this site.

“Burning Man gives artists grants each year for the creation of amazing interactive sculptures. With Reno being the gateway to Black Rock City, BRAF’s Civic Art Program is committed to working with Reno’s Arts and Culture Commission and local businesses to continue sharing this incredible artwork with northern Nevada”



The Black Rock Arts Foundation thanks the following people, businesses and organizations for their generous support:

  • City of Reno: Christine Fey, Stacey Spain, Councilman David Aiazzi, City of Reno Parks & Recreation
  • Black Rock Arts Foundation: Crimson Rose, Maria Partridge
  • Reno Volunteers!
  • Black Rock City, LLC – Burning Man
  • The Freight House District, LLC
  • The City of Reno
  • The Sierra Arts Foundation
  • Fernely Electric
  • United Rentals
  • Wild River Grill
  • Controlled Burn
  • Sands Regency Casino Hotel