Every Labor Day weekend since 1990, artists, free thinkers and revelers have gathered on a remote dried up lake called Black Rock Desert and designed a commune city in celebration of art and freedom from capitalistic society.
This year Burning Man tickets started at $240, which makes the yearly festival possible, with a small percentage of the money actually going to artists and designers commissioned to design, build and transport their own incredible creations to Black Rock City. If, like me, you didn't make it to Burning Man this year, check out these awesome projects from Black Rock City:
Burn Wall Street: Oakland based performance artist Otto Von Danger brought a massive replica of the New York Stock Exchange to Black Rock City. The Wall Street spoof featured buildings called Bank of Un-America, Goldman Sucks (which housed a jungle gym symbolizing how "twisted" the company is), Merrily Lynched and Chaos (Chase) Manhattan. The final blow? In front of a giddy audience, Danger burned down the $100,000 structure.
The Neverwas Haul is a self-propelled, full scale Victorian House that travelled across the desert to make it to Burning Man this year. Built using 75 percent recycled materials, this traveling steam-punk home is 24 feet long, 24 feet high, 12 feet wide, and it's built on top of a 5th wheel travel trailer.
The Serpent Twins, a pair of winding snake-inspired vehicles, made their return to Burning Man this year. The two pieces, called Jormungand (Midgard) and Julunggul (Rainbow), come with their own incredible mythology:
They both have a function within mythology. The earth was shaped by Julunggul, who later swallowed it and all it contains in a fit of anger; then regurgitated it to restore the earth as it was. She helps the denizens of the world by swallowing boys and spitting them out as men, completing their rite of passage. The world was encircled by the serpent biting his own tail, Jormungand, until he decided to destroy it. Man's champion, Thor, was the only one who could stop the serpent from ending everything with his fearsome anger seething in the depths of the ocean.
The Singularity Transmissions is an interactive tower that uses tin can telephones to turn 15 voices into one "unified transmission." This piece was used to amplify songs, speeches, "declarations of humanity," and "screams of exuberance" across Black Rock City. The designers worked with Burning Man's 2012 theme of "fertility 2.0," creating a sculpture that looks like a "flower pistil embracing the base of a transmission tower."
Bonus: Check out the "Hula Hoop Cam," and try not to get too dizzy: