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The 50-foot-tall Trojan Horse burns during the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada. More than 50,000 people from all over the world have gathered at the sold-out festival, which is celebrating its 25th year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM URQUHART / REUTERS

People experience the Wet Dream art installation during the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM URQUHART / REUTERS

Katrina Van Marter poses in her costume at Burning Man 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM URQUHART / REUTERS

Shaza Anderson, left, takes part in a tea ceremony with Ken Hamazaki during the Burning Man 2011 festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM URQUHART / REUTERS

People make their way to the Temple of Transition during the Burning Man 2011 festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM URQUHART / REUTERS

A woman riding in an outrigger aboard a music camp art car playing dance music fires a flame cannon over the heads of Burning Man participants.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

Burning Man participants parade across the Black Rock Desert with jellyfish.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

Burning Man participants pass an art car in the Black Rock Desert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

Crowds gather around the "Tympani Lambada" art installation created by the Flaming Lotus Girls group.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

"Abraxas," a 65-foot-long dragon art car mounted on a bus chassis, races across the Black Rock Desert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

Burning Man participants look at an art installation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

Participants climb down from the top of "The Temple of Transition" during the Burning Man "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada. More than 50,000 people from all over the world have gathered at the 25th edition of the sold-out festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

LaTisha Strickland, left, of Portland, Ore., shows her octopus hat to a friend as they visit the effigy of the man during the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada,

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

Participants chant together inside "The Temple of Transition" during the Burning Man "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

Burning Man participants bicycle through a dust storm during the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

A Burning Man participant looks at an art project during the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

A general view of the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival, seen from the platform for the Burning Man effigy to be burned in the Black Rock desert of Nevada.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

The sun rises over the many art installations created in the Black Rock Desert during the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in Nevada.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

A Burning Man participant stands inside an art installation called "Exsuscitare Traiectus" by artist Orion Fredericks during the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

An art installation called the "Hug Deli" offers free hugs to passersby during the Burning Man 2011 festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

A Burning Man participant who goes by the name "Lucky Chance" from Oakland spins poi as the sun comes up over the desert during the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM BOURG / Reuters

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It’s that time of the year when thousands will head to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the Burning Man Festival to create a makeshift city of 50,000 and openly express themselves through art and other means.

Burning Man is an annual, weeklong event with big acts booked to play on massive stages. It is more of a city than a festival; a gathering where almost everything is created by its citizens, who are active participants.

7 Comments

  1. September 2, 2011, 11:15 am

    "Burning Man is an annual, weeklong event with big acts booked to play on massive stages." Sorry, this is utterly wrong – there are no big acts or massive stages. Whoever wrote this seems to have done a mangled cut and paste job using text from the event website.

    By: Tim
  2. September 2, 2011, 2:13 pm

    I wetn to Burning Man for 11 years in a row and enjoyed it every time. It’s amazing though that Larry Harvey has been doing this for almost 20 years in the desert and still no paved roads…..

    Add up the money on this one: 50,000 people at over $200 each for admission. That’s 10 MILLION bucks people! Even after Larry pays the BLM, the county sheriffs, the Porta-potty contractor, and a small portion to subsidize art, etc. he has a LOT of money left over that could go to the volunteers-but doesn’t.

    He and Marian live pretty high of the hog for the rest of the year based on this one weekend.

    Spread the wealth Larry…..the earliest days of BM were not about Corporate Greed, not so much anymore…

    By: Bill Ford
  3. September 2, 2011, 3:17 pm

    I have friends who go each year. It looks like Mad Max meets a Rave.

    By: rjhemedes
  4. September 3, 2011, 12:46 am

    I've been going to Burning man for 12 years. I must have missed the "big acts booked to play on massive stages". Can you name some of these acts? Maybe you've confused this with the Coachella Festival which is centered on musical acts. Burning Man is more about individual and group creation of art, music and relationships in an isolated desert environment. (BTW- some great photos)

    By: budworth@inreach.com
  5. September 4, 2011, 9:49 pm

    "Big acts booked to play on massive stages"??
    I think you are confusing Burning Man with Coachella. No acts at Burning Man, just Burners!

    By: nnn
  6. September 7, 2011, 11:54 am

    It's not corporate greed. He's an independent man with a organization. He also has the Black Rock Arts Foundation which grants artists at least 100,00 dollars annually to create public art installations in the "real world."

    By: aumdotcom
  7. February 10, 2013, 6:20 am

    Lovely

    By: freetutalib

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