It comes as no surprise that Burning Man is overflowing with artistic expression. We all use different means of self-expression in our day-to-day lives. The way we dress, the way we speak, the way we pursue our hobbies — all pretty normal stuff. Participants of Burning Man express themselves RADICALLY. This means that they try to live their fantasies to the fullest.
Many participants express themselves through extravagant art projects, workshops, costumes, accessories, and themes. This group of burners dressed as furry animals. Radical self-expression can also peak in the form of emotional freedom, allowing people to let their guard down.
Some of the art installations at Burning Man are as wild and imaginative as ever. This family of bears was featured in 2017's Burning Man. When you take a first look at it, you might think it's made of wood. However, a closer inspection will reveal that it was actually made from pennies. Now that's a time (and money) consuming task.
Hopefully, after seeing all these photos and learning about Burning Man, you’ll walk away with a greater sense of appreciation and even the slightest uptick in inspiration to grow into the best member of your community that you can be.
Jumbo Jet Plane
A group of artists called Big Imagination Foundation built this jumbo jet that you are seeing in this picture as an art installation in 2017. They converted a Boeing 747 into a moving art experience for Burning Man. And it has a lot more to offer than this picture shows — at night after the sun sets, this piece of flying machinery glows in the dark! So cool!
Their plane used to carry passengers in Brazil. Their goal was to convert the aircraft into a new kind of vehicle inside which dreams, inspired by the same spirit of flight, can come alive.
As you can imagine, it can get pretty crowded out there on the Playa. The festival usually gathers crowds of up to 80,000 Burners, so yes, that's a lot of people! Many prefer to be amongst all the people and soak in all of that human energy. Others, however, can be overwhelmed by it, and we can't really blame them.
Wanting to be more secluded and sequestered, those people will choose to set up their camps in Black Rock City's "suburbs," the far-out areas that are less dense. This will help them avoid the sensory overload that can sometimes take over one's consciousness when they get into a large crowd.
There is a medley of accommodations to choose from, depending on festivalgoers' budgets. Most participants stay in tents or camp in their vans. Many more have formed small communities and stayed in theme camps. These camps developed as a way for groups of Burners to create spaces for interactive experiences while also offering shelter.
The camps usually group themselves around a common theme or interest. It can be as simple as their love for country music or as random as their love of an incredibly specific flavor of Ben & Jerry's. Finally, luxury camping sites became known as "plug and play" camps and made their way to Burning Man.