Burning Man Festival
It's where Mad Max meets Woodstock. Experience the week-long, free-spirited Burning Man Festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.
The annual Burning Man Festival, held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, is a week-long event described as “an experiment in community art, radical self-expression and radical self-reliance.” More than 60,000 free-spirited people converge on the desert to create and display some interesting works of art, including this oversized “Bummer.” 960 1280
The art at the Burning Man Festival can be radical. Artists are not quiet about expressing their political views. An artist created this cartoonish replica of U.S. President George W. Bush, portraying him as a liar. This exhibit is part of a larger art installation called Art on the Playa, which allows artists to display their artwork and create special art events and exhibitions all around Black Rock City. 960 1280
Art displays are set up all around Black Rock Desert during the Burning Man Festival. Contrary to what you may think, festival attendees are not inconsiderate hippies. Before everyone leaves, people pitch in to restore the desert back to its original state at the end of the festival. “Leaving no trace” is one of the 10 principles attendees must abide by at the event. Other Burning Man principles include radical inclusion, participation, gifting and civil responsibility. 960 1280
Burning Man started as a bonfire ritual on the 1986 summer solstice, when Larry Harvey, Jerry James and a few friends met on Baker Beach in San Francisco. The group at the time burned a 9-foot man effigy. It wasn’t until 1990 when Kevin Evans and John Law organized the first Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert. 960 1280
In addition to stationary art, there are a number of artists who build fun, art cars aka motorized mutant vehicles. No, you’re not hallucinating. It’s normal to see a giant red telephone roaming around the desert. Artists must submit designs for their mutant cars in advance. Black Rock City has its own DMV, or Division of Mutant Vehicles, that must approve and inspect all art cars. 960 1280
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