Burning Man 2015 is currently taking place in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada through to the end of Monday.
A city in the desert. A culture of possibility. A network of dreamers and doers.
Burning Man is an annual event in the desert that began 29 years ago in 1986 on Baker Beach in San Francisco. Today, it has evolved into a makeshift capital with a community of over a million people. I have often heard of the event but was enlightened when I read the book Burning Man: Art on Fire, by Jennifer Raiser. Upon reading the book, I felt the festival has been misrepresented as a lifestyle of body paint, yurts, raves, and yogis. Raiser objectively illustrates the history of the festival and the philosophical grounds that make Burning Man so unique as an event all about art and sculpture. Hundreds of breathtaking installations decorate the desert each year, none of which is for sale and most have been created collaboratively by volunteers. The book features stunning photography of the event and profiles artists and their conceptual intentions, arguing the importance of this controversial festival. Burning Man: Art on Fire can be purchased on Amazon for under $30 and more information about the event is available on the Burning Man website.
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