Burning Man is the biggest and most bizarre week-long art and music festival in the world. This annual gathering takes place in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Every year various artists and enthusiasts from across the globe gather at Black Rock City to create a beautiful and imaginative community, which is removed after the event, leaving no trace. This year’s festival lasted from August 28th until September 5th. Have a look at some of the major highlights from Burning Man 2016.
More than 70,000 people gathered in Nevada’s the Black Rock Desert this year. The festival had the theme of “Da Vinci’s Workshop,” where organizers asked participants to explore the similarities between 15th-century Florence and the 30-year-old festival in their giant, temporary city. So, here are some of the wonderful masterpieces by some of the wonderful artists who attended the event.
Man’s Mutant Vehicles
# Boeing 747 converted into an art car
One of the main exhibits at the festival was this giant Boeing 747 that has been transformed into the largest art car in the world history. Although the “747 Project” will only be completed in the year 2017, but this the massive converted jet had drawn a lot of attention at this year’s festival. The 747 Project is the brainchild of Big Imagination — a non-profit organization that envisages the project to be “the largest moving art experience ever created.”
# The Anglerfish by Mark Whitman
This fearsome looking vehicle was created by Northern Californian metal artist Mark Whitman. Dubbed the Anglerfish, this sea creature-inspired vehicle features razor sharp teeth and luminescent lures hanging in front of the jaw to catch its prey.
# The Monaco by Greg Barron
Bay Area artist Greg Barron has created this ship in the middle of the desert, and called it ‘land frigate.’ It is a three-masted art car that’s built on the chassis of an old GM Monaco camper. The image of the ship sailing on dry lakebed looks absolutely stunning.
# Rock Box by Derek Wunder
Los Angeles-based artist Derek Wunder has created this rock box-shaped art car. It resembles a 1980s-style ghetto-blaster with a teddy bear on chilling on it.
# El Pulpo Mecanico by Duane Flatmo
Artist Duane Flatmo has fashioned an eye-catching art installation on wheels, the El Pulp Mecanico. It is a mechanical octopus build completely from reclaimed scrap metal over the chassis of a 1973 Ford 250.
# Shark Car by Sid Kurz
This art car first appeared at Burning Man festival in 2002. It was originally created by Sid Kurz from Seattle-based Lodi Camp. After undergoing many redesigns over the years, the Shar Car reentered the festival with a shiny aluminum body and fierce jaw.
# Abraxas by Rob Bell
Inspired by Japanese samurai culture, this copper-colored dragon has been sculpted by artist Rob Bell. This art car is made out of nylon fabric stretched over a reinforced steel frame that’s built on top of an old school bus.
# Rhino Redemption by Kevin Clark, T.M. Potter
Metal artists Kevin Clark, T.M. Potter and their crew members have created this appealing Rhino Redemption art car on the chassis of 1974 Chevy pickup.
# Heathen by Kirk Strawn
Heathen is one of the most attractive art cars in the Burning Man. It can easily be recognized by its massive glowing horns and dazzling flame-throwing effects. This amazing creation is by artist Kirk Strawn.
# Spike the Red Dragon by Captain Carburetor
This fiery Red Dragon on wheels is created by Colorado artist Captain Carburetor. The highlighting feature is obviously its propane flame-throwing characteristic.
# The Temple Project
The Temple is a tradition in Black Rock City to create a place to mourn and put situations to rest. This year, the city paid tribute to David Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder and other visionaries lost in 2016.
# Temple in Flames
On the final night of Burning Man 2016, this temple was burned to ashes.
# Medusa Madness
Californian artist Kevin Clark’s installation – the statue of Medusa’s head of snakes spitting fire. It was an impressive steel statue that gained a lot of attention at the event.
# The Space Whale
This 50-feet humpback whale was built out of steel and stained glass. It was an epitome of the needs for environmental balance and space travel.
# Global Rolling
Global Rolling was eight-foot globe that’s crafted to be a reminder of the world outside the desert. It was made out of heavy materials so that it could easily withstand the wind.
# Burning Man
After the festive week in the desert, the burners put a 43-feet effigy of a man on fire at the center of their temporary metropolis.