Every year, the Burning Man Festival takes place in the smoldering heat of Nevada; transforming the desert grounds to Black Rock City, a place full of artistic wonder and weird shit (including a giant, glowing vagina).
According to the Burning Man website, the festival celebrates “the spirit of community, art, self expression, and self reliance.” The two mile temporary city takes your childhood imagination and multiplies it a million-fold as you experience this post-apocalyptic wonderland.
The website has revealed the art theme for 2014: Caravansary.
“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.”
With the festival coming up in a few weeks, Huffpo gives us some insight into the arts of a different dimension.
18 foot tall. LED lit. VAGINA. The social-construct-fucking machine is, of course, designed by the group, the Clitterati.
PULSE AND BLOOM
When you touch these massive lotus flowers, they will light up to the specific rhythms of their heartbeats.
LOST TEA PARTY
Climb aboard the crazy train/giant steaming tea pots guided by “Bedouin tea pod pullers dressed in traditional desert garb.”
Matt Schultz will debut this 72 foot sculpture as “a reminder to take the time out of your busy life to spend with those that you love.” He explains that this is about the important relationships in our lives. Hopefully, it will make you call your mom more often.
THE SUPER POOL
Jen Lewis has created this 5,000 square foot interactive LED playground where you can jump on shit that lights up.
Bryan Tedrick’s totem pole is coming back. Nope, not his penis but a giant climbable psychedelic totem pole.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE
This all female team brings out this massive spinning wheel decked out with tarot card designs (Ha. I get it. Fortune… nice.) surrounding a chandelier made of fire. Oh, and it’s powered by solar energy. Go green.
THE WHEELS OF ZOROASTER
Anton Viditz presents some human powered spinning fire wheels. I really just imagine a giant hamster-human running in a wheel that is on fire but this picture makes it seem it’ll be more epic.
A 50 foot, way cooler version of that solar system mobile you made in the 5th grade. Artist, Ashley Ortega, plans on blowing away all five of your senses.
Dan Benedict wants to keep his piece a surprise but reveals a short description: a ring of red parasols will bloom as they pass through a human figure and then close on their way down.
RETURN OF THE RACKEN
A giant metal octopus you can attach your bike too. Updated with new tentacles! Yay.
To add to the collection of giant LED shit, a 50 foot tall tree made of LED lit cubes. Charles Gadeken explains that the tree provides shade in the day and a magical light show at night.
TREE OF (IM)PERMANENCE
The tree rises out of a toy piano. When played, the bell chime branches sing. Nick Geurts hopes that you will find yourself through listening to a tree singing.
THE LAST OUTPOST
This house tells the story of a group of Burning Man volunteers that mysteriously disappear. Shing Yin Khor says this “installation is pretty much like building a set for an insidiously scary play no one has written yet.”
HAYAM SUN TEMPLE
Inspired by Moorish buildings, Josh Haywood creates this small palace that will serve as a physical and spiritual retreat for attendees.
Sneak Peek at the Mind-Fucking Art of Burning Man 2014