Burning Man 2014
The Playa dust hasn’t even begun to settle, but I simply had to put the cleaning and exhaustion aside and go through the amazing collection of photos from this year’s Burning Man. Our precious Canon 5D Mark III camera looks like it’s been through hell and back, and has ingested at least as much dust as I probably have, but I’m proud to report it seems to have survived!
As for us, the impressions, like the dust, will still take a while to sort out – but one thing is certain: we are grateful. Very grateful for the opportunity to finally participate in this event, and very grateful to all the people who have contributed to making Black Rock City such an awe-inspiring place. This is our post-burn gift to you all: a necessarily minute, feeble and incomplete tribute to this festival, but a tribute nonetheless.
The last sunset of the Man, the evening before is was burned. A dust storm is just rolling in, adding to the already mystical atmosphere.
The road from the Man towards the “Temple of Grace”.
Advice on the Playa comes in many unexpected forms…
“Pulse and Bloom” – each of these 25 lotus flowers has a pulse sensor that, when pressed by a participant, translates their heartbeat into flashing LED lights within the lotus.
A seemingly infinite number of art cars are driving around the city, and this was one of our favourites, for obviously biased reasons. Yes, this is an elaborately decorated car – look closer and you can see the wheels and top of the steering wheel!
A photo of the artwork entitled “(In)Visible”, by Kirsten Berg.
A 7 story tall wooden cathedral-like sculpture of two human figures in an embrace, built by The Pier Group.
“Super Pool” by Jen Lewin – the round pads are interactive and change colour when stepped on.
Burning Man 2014 – fireworks in the background, and fire from the Man rising up in a big mushroom cloud.
While most of the artwork is traditionally burned at night during this festival, the 70-foot wooden sculpture entitled ‘Embrace’ was set ablaze just after sunrise revealing the thick billowing smoke and many successive dust devils that could not have been seen otherwise in the dark.
Many people go to the temple to seek closure for having lost someone dear, so when the temple is burned on the last night, it can be a very powerful and intense experience.