Magazine article Geographical

Burning Man: Art on Fire

Magazine article Geographical

Burning Man: Art on Fire

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by Jennifer Raiser, Scott London and Sidney Erthal

Race Point Publishing, hb, 21 [pounds sterling]


A week-long exercise in creativity and consciousness-raising --not to mention letting go of boundaries--the Burning Man festival takes place in the middle of Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Each year it draws more than 60,000 creatives, free spirits and the just plain curious to a sprawling campsite called Black Rock City, so large it can be seen by orbiting satellites.

One of the traditions of the festival is to do something extravagant and gift it to the gathered 'community'. Selling things isn't allowed, but your contribution could be a week's worth of sandwiches, coffee or cold drinks, free haircuts, design -them-yourself t-shirts and, yes, even sex.

One of the most celebrated gifts of Burning Man is the art larger than life pieces that inspire awe, installations you can write, sit or climb on, and constructions lit by any and every kind of light from neon to solar. …

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