“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.
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.