By Felix Luengo
Our Bayt is inspired by our mother lands where long hours of chatting, music, dancing, food, and general merrymaking with friends and family are not uncommon. The door is open, take off your shoes, make yourself comfortable and embrace your senses, you are finally home….
The Bayt has been one of the defining pieces of functional art in the Meso Creso experience since we started this journey at Playa del Fuego in 2009. Bayt means “home” in Arabic, and it serves Meso Creso as exactly that: a place for not only shelter, but a space for community to celebrate, eat, share, laugh, play music, dance, create, and connect with one another.
The origins of our Bayt lead back to a group of friends from all over the world trying to create a space to host and make people feel welcome, all while sharing our different cultures with one guiding theme: hospitality. We wanted to create a place inspired by our mother lands where long hours of chatting, music, dancing, food, and general merrymaking with friends and family are not uncommon. A place to sip tea and fall in love, a place to watch and be observed, a safe space where we can slow down and explore new possibilities of self expression and form deep lasting or fleeting connections under one roof.
Back in 2009, we knew we wanted to create something out of the ordinary that was both eye-catching and functional. We finally decided to make our tent structure out of discarded, recycled boat sails since they were easy and cheap to find in neighboring Annapolis. After calling multiple sail shops and being laughed at (or hung up on) for the idea of sewing giant sails together, we found a couple who had been sailing around Antarctica for close to eight years and were interested in the idea of doing something unique. Perhaps their long years at sea inspired a sense of openness and possibilities that brought the sails to us. That was the birth of the first Bayt structure, which we used for several years.
The first structure, while unique, needed to be lighter and lacked some functionality. We decided to build a second Bayt, which is what we currently use at Nomadico and other festivals. This new structure is built with a 25-foot boat mast as the centerpiece, crowned with a crescent moon disco ball and four silver sails to honor our original Bayt made entirely of sails. As with our other functional art pieces, such as our DJ booth truck, the Bayt mixes our various cultures with that of the United States creating a new space that leaves uncharted experiential horizons to explore.
The door is open, take off your shoes, make yourself comfortable and embrace your senses, you are finally home….
Felix Luengo has been part of Meso Creso since 2009 and has been helping Meso Creso organize ever since as a board member, event producer, builder, cook, and artist. He has helped produce various Meso Creso events along with designing and helping build both Bayt structures, the DJ booth truck, kaleidoscopes and other functional art within Meso Creso.