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Burning Man is the biggest and most bizarre party in the world, comprised of 60,000 people camping in the desert of Nevada for a week. It’s utter insanity that will rock your world forever.

‘Truth is Beauty’ Statue

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This sculpture has quickly become one of the most iconic images from BM, but pictures do not do her justice. At night, the woman fluctuates from being completely dark, to having a light pulsate from near her heart, to exploding with light over her entire body. It is rapturous to watch this from below.

Fire Skeeball

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When you get a ball in, a massive flame erupts from the hole. Enough said.

Workshops

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The Burning Man guide is full of hundreds of workshops, ranging from the most depraved spanking classes to the most spiritual meditation/yoga classes. Examples:

  • Holotropic Breathing
  • DIY Energy Machine
  • Gong Meditation
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Radical Improv
  • Introduction to Open Relationships & Polyamory
  • Knife Throwing
  • The Neurobiology of Hallucination
  • How to Save the World
  • Talking with Strangers

Burning Man Timelapse

This video captures Burning Man 2013 from an elevation of 5495 feet above sea level and over 4 linear miles from the center of Black Rock City. It is our passion to share it with the world through the lens of a camera. Climbing 1,888 feet in less than a mile over steep, unstable mountainside is a dangerous and exhilarating mission.

This year we deployed cameras during the build week, capturing the growth of the city and ending it the night of the burn. – Jason Phipps

Gift Economy

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The only thing you can buy with money at BM is ice. Otherwise the entire playa operates on a thriving gift economy. There is free food and drinks at every turn, free alcohol is omnipresent (people are begging people to take it by the end of the week), and most burners bring unique presents to give out to special people they meet on the playa.

It’s shocking to experience this level of giving from literally everyone you come across. It is infectious, and you leave wishing you had brought more to give. Technically you could show up with no food or shelter and survive comfortably, but then you’d miss out on the fun of giving 🙂

Art Installations

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Theme Camps

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There is a camp for everything. In the French Quartier you can grab a chocolate croissant and cheese, in the Circus Camp you can swing on a trapeze, at the Hardcore Rock camp you can rock out until 9am (literally), at HeeBeeJeeBee Healers you can find someone to give you a full-body massage, etc, etc.

The Burn

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The ‘Man’ means different things to each burner, but the general consensus is that he represents ‘the man’, corporate corruption, dirty politics and everything that is holding our world back. When he explodes into flames, the crowd erupts into cheers and high-fives. The playa-wide party following the burn is easily the most insane night of BM.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. no snark intended: i’ve always wondered how much pollutants are put into the atmosphere by burning a giant wooden statue?
    I know its miniscule compared to the amount given off by the world’s cars by the time I’ve finished writing this paragraph, but still, its something that always niggles at me when I read about burning man.

    The man is destroying the world with fossil fuels (among other things), so …. here’s some
    more fossil fuels?

    As far as symbolism goes, It seems like (LIKE, as in “analogy”, as in not exactly the same, but LIKE ) they’re protesting war by shooting a refugee and writing “War is bad” in his blood, on a wall that is immediately torn down so no one but themselves can see it…..

    • Completely wrong. The co2 emitted from letting a log rot vs setting it on fire is equal. Emission wise, logs are co2 neutral. That’s one of the reasons why poor countries who use wood instead of oil have so much lower emission levels.

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