When you get tired of your day job, there’s always Burning Man to look forward to. Where else can you get dressed up in your best tutu, and stupid hat, and dance around on top of a big metal sculpture that spells “Dream”? The list is shockingly short. Yes, it seems that there’s only one place where you can check this off your to-do list.
Some people spend the entire year dreaming about going to Burning Man – it’s where they can finally let loose after being buttoned up for so long. Where they can finally live out their… we think you get it.
The Music of the Desert
Burning Man is a place of music and fun, and what could be more fun than getting into an objet d'art metal cage and playing a grand piano? The piano is probably really, really out of tune, but that's no reason not to pound out a note that speaks to you at the moment.
It's possible that nobody even heard what this musician was playing, but the desert hears it all. There was a photographer there to capture the moment, however, so we know that at least one person was able to appreciate it. How did they get the piano in there, though?
Ride 'em, Cowgirl!
Burning Man might not be the kind of place every kid should go to, but there are still plenty of families that make the trek and have some fun together. And what could be more fun for an adventurous kid than climbing onto the back of a fake dino skeleton and holding on as she imagines it galloping through the dust storms?
She's dressed in her best post-apocalyptic gear with a cowboy hat and goggles. We say it's a dinosaur, but it looks like it could be some sort of mythical creature made out of rebar and fake bones. Well, any port in a storm.
Something from a dream? Part of a post-metal indie album? Artwork from Burning Man? All of the above and more. This metal hand is reaching for the dusty sky, just like so many others in the Black Rock Desert.
There's no shortage of art that people bring to display during this festival, and a lot of it gets left around for the year after, and after, and after. This picture is so cloudy, so separated from reality, that it looks like something from a CGI film – but it's really there in the desert. It's fantasy brought into reality, just the Burning Man way.
The Child Inside Us
Breaking the routine is what Burning Man is all about, but there's a lot more to see as well. Art installations are common, and this one is a perfect example of the beauty and emotion that people are able to provide. With the Playa being a dried lakebed that Black Rock City sits upon, it provides the perfect blank canvas to the Burners' various works of art.
Huge wrought-iron sculptures that look like two adults at odds surround a pair of glowing children who are reaching out to each other. Is it telling us to go back to our childlike states?