burning man art installations: a look at black rock city's fiery finish

burning man art installations: a look at black rock city's fiery finish



burning man — the temporary metropolis erected annually in nevada’s black rock desert — officially comes to an end today, september 5th, with the exodus of 70,000 ‘burners’ and a fiery finish. guided by the ten principles — first documented by co-founder larry harvey in 2004 — participants build the city, experience the constructed community and take part in the making of mind-bending artworks across the desert landscape. these creative installations have become an important aspect of burning man culture, with mutant vehicles, art cars, and the annually-built temple forming venues and visionary works for burners to experience and enjoy.

burning man art installations
‘the temple’ by david best | photo by leah feldman / @petdrleah
(main image) catacomb of veils by dan sullivan / image © michael holden@michael.holden.photographer



this year’s art theme ‘da vinci’s workshop’ draws from the historic convergence of art, innovation and enlightened patronage that erupted in europe during the italian renaissance. featured projects endeavored to recreate this fusion of art, science and technology, making black rock city ‘the epicenter of a new renaissance’. as burning man officially comes to a close, we take a look at some of the most mind-bending installations and architectural artworks to land on the playa this year. 

burning man art installations
‘the temple’ by david best 
photo by randy haron / @2ndfloorguy

burning man art installations
‘the black rock lighthouse service’ by jonny and max poynton
photo by david bechtel / @davidjohn84

burning man art installations
the ‘747 project’ touches down in black rock city
see more about the installation on designboom here

burning man art installations
one of the ‘art cars’ at burning man 
photo by bjarke ingels / @bjarkeingels

burning man art installations
HYBYCOZO‘ sculpture by yelena filipchuk & serge beaulieu

burning man art installations
‘awakening’ by ryan elmendorf and nick geurts
photo by david bechtel / @davidjohn84

burning man art installations
‘grove’ by saba ghole and shilo shiv suleman
photo by leah feldman / @petdrleah

burning man art installations
‘magic’ by laura kimpton and jeff schomberg
photo by anthony ngu / @angulife

burning man art installations
‘medusa madness’ by reared in steel
photo by mélodie monrose / @melodiemonrose

  • At what point did Burning Man shift from ‘indie spiritual celebration’ to ‘marketing opportunity and celebration of entitlement via conspicuous consumption’?

    Epicurus_The_Sage says:
  • comment to above post by epicurus: When GREED took over

    monte cazazza says:
  • I call it The Polluting man. Been there Twice and now I know for sure: NEVER AGAIN! One of those things which do not add anything of value to this world.

    Giovanni says:
  • What the criteria regarding materials used, ignition technology and clearing up without harming the natural environment?

    Sumita Sinha says:

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