Photographer NK Guy has been capturing the artworks built for Burning Man on camera for over a decade, recently anthologized his findings in a new book, Art of Burning Man. In it, he pays poetic homage to the way the sun rises over the event’s central sculpture in the mornings, and the glow of LED lights and lasers after sunset. He emphasizes the structures’ ability to bring people together from all walks of life – accomplishing, according to Guy, the feelings of connection that art should achieve, but so often fails to inside of a museum.
Thousands of people gather once a year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City. The event, called Burning Man, describes itself as “a vibrant participatory metropolis” and celebrates ten principles: radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation and immediacy.
Photo by Victoria Benmussa; Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA
This year two of my very closest friends celebrated 10 years of marriage. I wasn’t fortunate enough to know them when they were young, dumb kids in love back then. So this year at Burning Man, surrounded by a whole slew of different faces, they decided to renew some promises to each other and have themselves a rewedding.
I wrote lots of mushy words about it on my Instagram, incase you hadn’t read that already. But guys, I love you so damn much - and just imagine how good you’ll look in another 10 years!
The Burning Man festival is underway in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert and some awesome vehicles are currently roaming the playa. Make: assembled a collection of some of the most amazing art cars at Burning Man this year. These are a few of our favorites. The Monaco is a land frigate, a stunning 45-foot-long ship built to sail the desert. With three towering masts, the ship can hold over 40 passengers and is equipped with a generator for playing music and lighting the ship at night, a bar, and a spacious deck for crew and passengers. Click here for more info.
Last but not least is the tentacular, mechanical, fiery wonder known as El Pulpo Mecanico. El Pulpo was built in Arcata, CA. Designed and built by friends Duane Flatmo and Jerry Kunkel. Kunkel masterminded the electrical systems and flame effects. Click here for more info.
Head over to Make: to check out even more awesome art cars from this year’s Burning Man festival.
To outsiders, Burning Man is a place of tutus, psychedelic drugs, pyrotechnics and general desert revelry. Nostalgic adults converge in and around Black Rock City every summer to, according to those of us who’ve never attended, burn effigies and practice some good ol’ radical self-expression. Not exactly what you’d call a family-friendly environment, right?
Wrong, says photographer Zipporah Lomax. In a recently funded Kickstarter project, dubbed “Dusty Playground,” she is highlighting the children and families who venture just beyond the California-Nevada border to take part in the week-long Burning Man festivities. Her photos capture the individuals – young and old – who gather for the ritual burning alongside sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, sisters and cousins.