Burning Man 2019: Surreal Sights on Metamorphoses Theme
Burning Man, one of the largest and most creative art festivals of the year, ended on September, 2 in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. It’s the event, where thousands of people come up for air and freedom.
The festival runs every year at the end of August and ends on Labor Day – an official holiday, which is celebrated in the USA on the first Monday of September. The 2019 festival lasted from August 25 to September 2.
Burning Man is about culture and expression in general. There are incredible examples of contemporary art from around the world.
One of the key principles of Burning Man is to leave no trace. The festival rules stipulate that you should bring to the desert everything you need, because you can’t buy anything there, except ice and coffee.
And after the end of the festival, you need to remove everything: the desert should look the same as before the festival.
According to legend, two men Larry Harvey and Jerry James burned a wooden scarecrow on a beach in San Francisco in 1986. It looked like a man with a dog, and they decided to burn it as a mark of radical self-expression because of unrequited love. And the festival began upon this event.
The first 9 years the festival took place without reference to a specific theme, but since 1995 every festival has had a predetermined topic.
This year, the theme of Burning Man is “I, Robot” with a reference to the famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.
The creators and participants insist that Burning Man is not a festival, but a community, a temporary desert city and a global cultural movement based on 10 principles.
Burning Man attracts everyone – from powerful people to the elite from Silicon Valley. Some of the super-rich people build luxury facilities in Black Rock City and get there on private jets that can land at the airport.
As usual, visitors amazed each other and outside spectators with dresses, often home-made and revealing. Because how else can you survive when it is so infernally hot.
Huge art installations and objects are rather small, but certainly the most spectacular part of the festival.
Every year they, like the whole Black Rock City, arise literally from nothing in the middle of a lifeless desert, and every year they disappear without a trace.
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