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BURNING MAN: A CONSCIOUS UTOPIA PART. 2 – “THE DESERT CANVAS MOVEMENT”

 

THE ART OF BURNING MAN.

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Burning Man is known for bringing some of the most unimaginable installations to one of the worlds most uninhabitable places. Artists every year bring ground-breaking installations that stand the desert winds and harsh high heated conditions, giving its participants the perfect Post-Apocalyptic backdrop. Once on the Playa (the dry lakebed in which it is held on) you’re engulfed in art on all levels, ones of small scale and extreme detail, to installations of magnificent proportions.

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(Playa Art Installation – Playa View)

Artists from around the world come together to celebrate the freedoms of “Radical Self Expression” where they can truly unleash their visions in full, outside of the confinements of investors, buyers and gallery proprietors. Every year, artists have managed to break the boundaries of what you’d think would be possible, leaving you speechless and intoxicated by the scale and level of creativity shown at Burning Man.

(VIDEO CREDIT: Phantom Aerial Productions)

You’ll find that its not always about the size of the piece, or the detail and time put into its construction. It’smore about the vision and the message that’s woven behind what you physically see, making it nearly impossible to look at the pieces just once and walk away satisfied. Much of the art you see on the Playa evolves as the week goes on, some under construction for most of your duration at Burning Man. Though you may ask yourself, why would I want to see art thats not finished..? Which to most makes the event look unprepared, but in actuality it provides you with an opportunity to see what really lies within each one of them.

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(Temple of Promise – Main Temple)

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(Playa Temple – Mazu Goddess of The Empty Sea  – Side View)

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(Playa Temple – Mazu Goddess of The Empty Sea – Ornate View)

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(Blue Sun Crystals – Random)

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(Playa Art Installation – Unknown)

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(Playa Art Installation – The Life Cube – Side View)

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(Playa Art Installation – The Life Cube – Front View)

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(Playa Art Installation – The Brainchild)

This art culture within the burn is constantly progressing as the week builds up, some artists want to bring more then just a finished piece to the Playa. Some want to show you what it means to rise their vision from the dust and into the sun, In hopes to allow you to connect more with the piece. In a manner of speaking its almost like you’re witnessing the birth of an art form every day, every night and every hour.

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(Playa Art Installation – HYBYCOZO – Deep Thought)

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(Playa Art Installation – DREAM – Jeff Schomberg and Laura Kimpton)

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(Playa Art Installation – BE – Jeff Schomberg and Laura Kimpton)

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(Playa Art Installation – LIVE – Jeff Schomberg and Laura Kimpton)

Burning Man is known globally for bringing its community art that not just stands alone for a week in the desert. Many visionaries want to bring something that Burning Man’s participants can interact with, that can ignite and energize our human senses. If it’s a structure to climb or travel through, to feel metaphysically or even something that just taps into our curiosity. Every creator has a mission to bring something unique, and timeless to the Playa. The goal is not to have the biggest piece, the shiniest structure or the design with the most detail. Its truly about showing the community that art is limitless, and should never be held down by the conformities of our society today.

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Art was not only found out on the Playa, but also in the neighborhoods within Burning Man.

(Neighborhood Interactive Art – Fire House)

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Fire House was a full four story building that consisted of a bar, several lounge areas, a full roof deck and littered with useable paint buckets and brushes. Fire House was basically a giant multi-level canvas where participants could put ANYTHING on the walls.

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(Neighborhood Interactive Art – Fire House)

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(Playa Temple – Temple of Confessions)

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(Playa Art Installation – Medusa Madness)

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(Playa Art Installation – Serpent Mother)

One of Burning Man’s most known community concepts is “The Art Car”.

These unbelievable pieces of moving art create a backdrop to the playa like nothing else. These public displays of creativity truly show the scope of the event, and how people prepare for this event year round. Some art cars are made by participants to use as another form of transportation while on the playa besides a bicycle. While others design art cars that carry barrier-breaking sound stages, with lasers and light shows that brighten up the playa at night. Some more popular art cars include “Robot Heart” who’s housed some top notch performers in prior years, along with “El Pulpo” otherwise known as the Steampunk Octopus, whose gained most its popularity for its insane fire throwing tentacles.

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(El Pulpo Mechanico – The Steampunk Octopus)

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(El Pulpo Mechanico – The Steampunk Octopus)

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(Playa Art Car – The Monaco – Front View)

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(Playa Art Car – The Monaco – Side View)

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(Playa Art Car – The Monaco – Full View)

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(Playa Art Car – The Monaco – Full View)

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(Playa Art Car – Neverwas Haul)

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(Playa Art Car – Neverwas Haul – DUST)

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(Playa Art Car – Random)

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(Playa Art Car – Random)

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(Playa Art Car – Random Family Car)

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(Playa Art Bicycle – Random)

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(Playa Art Car – Random)

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(Playa Art Car – Random)

THE POSIBILITIES ARE LIMITLESS.

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