Burning Man Hasn't Held Back This Year On Its Installations
A giant orb and a huge temple to house the burning man, what more could you need?
Burning Man, a festival that is hosted out in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada at the end of August each year celebrates a lot of stuff – cool art, self-expression, music, bartering, crazy people who look like they’re from Mad Max: Fury Road, and of course the burning of the man to mark the end of the festival.
Every year the festival houses some of the coolest installations one might ever have the chance to see in the little city known as Black Rock City. Past years have included awesome structures like the Uchronian, El Pulpo Mecanico, The Temple of Whollyness, Bliss Dance, and Re-Evolution to name a few.
Well, this year’s no different and the structures that have been up since last Saturday are just as good, if not better than the ones seen in previous years. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite structures from this year’s Burning Man below.
Designed by French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani, Temple Galaxia is the biggest structure in Black Rock City this year. The piece begins with a funnel shape created by the intersection of twenty circles that looks like a vortex from above. There are over 2,400 wooden supports that were fabricated in Reno and San Francisco used throughout the structure. Inside the temple, you'll find a giant chandelier of 3D printed tears soaring over the actual Burning Man himself, which, according to the organization has “more glass than ever and is being craned the furthest distance”.
Designed by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange, the ORB is a gigantic reflective globe that measures 83 feet and 8 inches and weighs a whopping 30 tons thanks to the steel used to build the piece. The ORB was made possible thanks to an Indiegogo campaign that helped raise a little over $34,000 for the parts and construction. The artists behind the ORB say that it’s “a tribute to Mother Earth and human expression” and is meant to “blend entirely into its surroundings and become part of the desert,” in other words it’s a huge reflection of the Playa, the dry lake bed where Black Rock City rises and camps more than 65,000 temporary inhabitants.
While the ORB and Temple Galaxia are the two biggest and probably some of the coolest installations to come to Burning Man this year, there’s still a ton more that you can check out on the official Burning Man website as well as some photos from Instagram below that people have been posting throughout the week.
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