• The Art Of Burning Man

    Between Dimensions, Nathan Kandus (image by Evan Novis) These two 20’x30’ walls consist of 794 projection screens that create fractals as people move through them.
    Between Dimensions, Nathan Kandus (image by Evan Novis)
    These two 20’x30’ walls consist of 794 projection screens that create fractals as people move through them.
    Invisible, Kirsten Berg (image by Evan Novis) (In)Visible is a juncture of forms and light. Its sleek, shimmering cuboid forms rise 21’ high, creating a balanced pillar of prisms.
    Invisible, Kirsten Berg (image by Evan Novis)
    (In)Visible is a juncture of forms and light. Its sleek, shimmering cuboid forms rise 21’ high, creating a balanced pillar of prisms.

    “Take a look at some of the massive installations from the much talked about festival in Nevada”

    Communities all over the world have attempted to explain the meaning and definition of Burning Man. Although many understand the basic factors- festival, art, music, people- most definitions leave much to be desired. A vital component of what makes Burning Man a must-see-to-believe festival is the deep collaboration and cooperative spirit that supports the development and existence of this community. Burning Man is a box full of surprises that can only be opened upon arrival to the Nevada desert.

    The nearly 30-year-old music and art festival permeates the lives of thousands at least once a year, as well prepared veterans and novices head to the desert to live a week of extreme transformation and self-reliance. Shortly after, Burning Man recedes to a memory that many insist on maintaining and passing on.  Thankfully, there’s the art of Burning Man, which is something with a life almost entirely of its own. Artists spend years preparing and dedicate their lives to making Burning Man a vibrant, interactive artistic experience.

    The arduous journey of arriving at Burning Man is quickly justified- by the setting, the energy, and most importantly, the art that turns Black Rock City into a pop up of a dream society.

    Embrace, The Pier Group (image by Evan Novis) This installation embodies the idea of consciousness and being. To this effect, each of the figures’ heads was accessible by staircase and held about 20 people. Once inside, viewers can reflect on what embrace means to each one. This is also burnt on the last Saturday of the festival.
    Embrace, The Pier Group (image by Evan Novis)
    This installation embodies the idea of consciousness and being. To this effect, each of the figures’ heads was accessible by staircase and held about 20 people. Once inside, viewers can reflect on what embrace means to each one. This is also burnt on the last Saturday of the festival.
    . Squared, Charles Gadeken (image by Evan Novis) SQUARED is a 50’ tall fractal light sculpture in the form of a tree, made out of square steel tubing and 800 cast polyurethane cubes with individual LEDs. It provides shade during the day and an incredible light show at night.
    Squared, Charles Gadeken (image by Evan Novis)
    SQUARED is a 50’ tall fractal light sculpture in the form of a tree, made out of square steel tubing and 800 cast polyurethane cubes with individual LEDs. It provides shade during the day and an incredible light show at night.

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    Those not familiar with this year’s art theme may wonder about the meaning behind some of the massive installations. Burning Man’s theme varies every year, but what it never ceases to do is to incorporate the spirit of the traveller, the adventurer, and the mystical. This year, Burning Man created a Caravansary in reference to the network of oases and sanctuaries that dotted the Silk Route for centuries. These caravan stops were vital centers of cultural exchange that brought together adventurers, travellers, and pilgrims fostering an exchange of philosophies and art that shaped our modern world in many ways.

    Like the ancient Silk Route, Burning Man’s communities are also spread worldwide. Art from all corners of the world make its way to the desert once a year to provide comfort and culture to desert travellers and to symbolize what caravansaries meant to the development of civilization.

    The playa, what most veterans call this part of the desert, is a blank canvas upon which many visions and fantasies come to life. Every year Burning Man allocates a percentage of its revenue from ticket sales to funding select art projects that are interactive, collaborative, and community-oriented.

     

    Article by Jade Moyano

    Dream Swing, Joe Beal (image by Evan Novis) This giant, glowing heart-topped Dream Swing has been coming to the desert since 2012. This installation is about infusing the innocence and joy of childhood into adult lives and relationships.
    Dream Swing, Joe Beal (image by Evan Novis)
    This giant, glowing heart-topped Dream Swing has been coming to the desert since 2012. This installation is about infusing the innocence and joy of childhood into adult lives and relationships.
    Library of Babel, Warrick Macmillan (image by Varenka Ruiz) Inspired by Borges’ Library of Babel, this installation asks participants to write in handcrafted books, creating an instant body of work. The books are made out of recycled material and participants can read stories written by each other until the end of the festival.
    Library of Babel, Warrick Macmillan (image by Varenka Ruiz)
    Inspired by Borges’ Library of Babel, this installation asks participants to write in handcrafted books, creating an instant body of work. The books are made out of recycled material and participants can read stories written by each other until the end of the festival.
    Eternal Return, Peter Peter Hudson (image by Evan Novis) The concept of eternal return speculates that the universe has been recurring, and will continue to recur an infinite number of times. This interactive piece relies of human power to collaboratively run it.
    Eternal Return, Peter Peter Hudson (image by Varenka Ruiz)
    The concept of eternal return speculates that the universe has been recurring, and will continue to recur an infinite number of times. This interactive piece relies of human power to collaboratively run it.
    Temple of Grace, David Best (image by Evan Novis) The Temple of Grace is intended to be a spiritual and sacred space for memorials, reflection, celebration, and to commemorate life’s transitions. On the last Sunday
    Temple of Grace, David Best (image by Evan Novis)
    The Temple of Grace is intended to be a spiritual and sacred space for memorials, reflection, celebration, and to commemorate life’s transitions. On the last Sunday.
    Playastan Crossroads, Cameron Anne Mason, Peter Weston (image by Evan Novis) Powered by the wind and the sun, it is a resting point, a crossroads where travelers can share their stories and experience a moment from history.
    Playastan Crossroads, Cameron Anne Mason, Peter Weston (image by Evan Novis)
    Powered by the wind and the sun, it is a resting point, a crossroads where travelers can share their stories and experience a moment from history.
    The Supreme Ultimate, Tom Woodall (image by Varenka Ruiz) This colossal Yin-Yang symbol was an invitation to slow down, zoom out, and attune to the magnitude of present reality.
    The Supreme Ultimate, Tom Woodall (image by Varenka Ruiz)
    This colossal Yin-Yang symbol was an invitation to slow down, zoom out, and attune to the magnitude of present reality.
    Fire in Balance, Poetic Kinetics (image by Evan Novis) This inverted firebox installation is surrounded by a series of fire dishes and fire towers.  People are welcome to enter it and experience the beauty of inverted fire.
    Fire in Balance, Poetic Kinetics (image by Varenka Ruiz)
    This inverted firebox installation is surrounded by a series of fire dishes and fire towers. People are welcome to enter it and experience the beauty of inverted fire.

     

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