Burning Man

A project by Mikaela Lewis

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What is Burning Man?

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (also known as “the playa”) to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. The festival is a choose your own adventure of early morning meditation, late nights lit up by neon and pulsating music, art installations, bicycle adventures, and much more. The mission of Burning Man Arts is to change the paradigm of art from a commodified object to an interactive, participatory, shared experience of creative expression. Activities in the art program may include facilitating creative self-expression by encouraging people to integrate art with daily personal and public life in ways that are interactive and collaborative, promoting social architecture, and providing opportunities for people to create and display mobile and wearable art (such as art cars, art bikes, and art clothing). Burning Man Project will accomplish that through art grants, art exhibitions, art festivals, public art placement, directories and catalogues of art and artists who work in this genre, and by other means.

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Where does the art come from?

See where the past decade of honorarium art installations for the Burning Man Festival come from around the world! Select a year to see the corresponding map with each artwork's hometown as well as a complete list of information.

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Burning Man Attendance

See how the festival has skyrocketed with popularity since it's humble beginnings of being founded by Larry Harvey in 1986.