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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

Fireworks explode around a 60-foot effigy at the culmination of Burning Man in 2001.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

People dance around the embers of the burning man structure.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A woman's face paint is illuminated by black light at the 2000 Burning Man.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

In 2001, a crew of volunteer lamplighters heads out at sunset to hang oil lamps on posts that lead from the center camp area to the burning man structure.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

An oncoming storm blows garments askew in 2000.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Mark Day of Santa Cruz participates in style in 2001.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Nambla the Clown's outfit included push pins glued to his head and fake blood dripping.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Gregg Taylor of San Francisco was among an estimated 12,000 gathered for the festival in 1997.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A man wearing a devil costume vacuums the desert floor in 2000.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Burning Man participants revel in the last light of the day after a storm passed through in 2000.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

An impromptu fashion show draws a crowd during the 2000 festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The temple Fire of Fires was one of the showpieces in 2009.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Albert Lee / Los Angeles Times

Yoga instructor Cab Spates strikes a pose as the sun rises the morning after the burning man structure was torched in 2009.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Albert Lee / Los Angeles Times

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