“Our aim is to induce immediate experience that is beyond the odd, beyond the strange, and beyond the weird. It verges on the wholly other.” — Larry Harvey, Co-Founder of Burning Man
The 34th annual Burning Man festival is currently underway in the middle of Nevada’s sweltering Black Rock Desert. Attracting more than 70,000 attendees over the course of eight days, Burning Man is an invitation to let your freak flag fly — a community of artists, inventors and enthusiasts known as “burners” gather to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis that reflects the event’s ten principles: radical inclusion, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leaving no trace. Founded in 1986 by artist and activist Larry Harvey, the festival is named after its culminating event in which a massive wooden effigy known as “The Man” is burned in a ritual bonfire.