Burning Man festival theme for 2011: Rites of passage

The Burning Man is a week-long event held annually in the Black Rock Desert in the United States. The Burning Man is dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. This year, participants are invited to create, together with others, rites of passage. The topic is supposed to remove us from daily life concerns and to confront us with our vital need to be. For details regarding  Art Guidelines see the link. At Burning Man festival an entire community regards itself: “At the the end of the event, thousands silently surround a temple dedicated to that strangest and most fearful change of all: the loss of loved ones and our ultimate departure from the world. From first to last, The Burning Man has always been a rite of passage.” Each year, there are some special projects that are financially supported from ticket sales. These are social projects, interactive projects or community-oriented works.
See some of them, below:



1. AURORA by Charles Gadeken, San Francisco, CA – a weeping willow tree having 30 ft
2. Billion Jelly Bloom by Rob Lord, San Francisco, CA – an art project to float an undulating luminous jellyfish bloom through the night playa.
3. The Cyclameleon by Tyler Fuqua – is a huge illuminated reptile powered by humans on a multi-person bike. The creature can change also his colors. 4. Exsuscitare Traiectus by Orion Fredericks, Oakland, CA – it’s a sacred astral space 5. Airship Victoria Prototype X3 by Kristian Akseth, Andrew Boyd, Stacey Reineccius, San Francisco, CA – a floating interactive installation incorporating art, science and air.
Rear view of Burning Man, Design by Rod Garrett, Rendering by Rod Garrett and Andrew Johnstone


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