North America’s largest outdoor arts festival, with its drum circles, decorated art cars, guerrilla theatrics and colorful theme camps, Burning Man draws over 66,000 participants every year. Every year the festival is held at the same venue – the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. According to the official festival website, the theme of this year’s festival, Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’, evoked the Silk Road.
“For centuries, Silk Route travelers crossed paths in caravansaries, bustling caravan stops offering more than just shelter from the desert wilderness; they were vital centers of cultural exchange, bringing together traders, pilgrims, monks, nomads, traveling entertainers, and wild-eyed adventurers from all points of the compass to share their stories around a common fire,” reads an excerpt from the website. People from all over the world gathered at the sold-out festival to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops.
Aerial view of the Burning Man Festival
The Burning Man
People dance for a DJ at the Dancetronauts mutant vehicle during the Burning Man
The Alien Siege Machine
A crowd watches as two fighters battle in the Thunderdome
The art installation Pulse & Bloom
The art installation Embrace burns
Participants interact with the art installation The Super Pool during a dust storm
Fireworks are seen before the Man burns
Final day of the festival where all art and things are burned to the ground.