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Trippy and Surreal Photos From Burning Man 2015

The Rolling Stone – Staff – September 10, 2015
Fire, dust, metal and thousands of artists and radicals combine for a desert spectacle like no other.

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An estimated 70,000 people converged on the Nevada desert this past week for the annual Burning Man festival, a self-described “crucible of creativity” in which artists and radicals express themselves in surprising ways. Seeing the festival’s stunning creations and meeting the avant-garde free spirits who created them can make for a unique journey into the surreal. Here’s what it looked like this year. Photos by Scott London.

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Burning Man takes place in a temporary city in the heart of the Black Rock Desert — a sun-ravaged place subject to extreme temperatures, fierce winds and choking dust storms. This year, participants at the event experienced their fair share of all three.

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If Instagram is any guide, “Dream” — the latest in a series of 12-foot steel sculptures by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg — was the most popular venue for selfies and snapshots at Burning Man 2015

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Burners waited in line for the chance to enter “Storied Haven,” a giant metal installation in the shape of an old boot created by the Oakland-based artist collective Five Ton Crane.

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David, a San Francisco–based stylist and designer, wore white fur and an ornate headpiece made of beads, feathers and pom poms.

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Tosca, a Los Angeles–based roue cyr performer, displayed some impressive acrobatic tricks out in the deep playa.

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The Gap Jumper XG, a old plane repurposed as an art car, featured psychedelic steam and flame effects.

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Tens of thousands gathered on Saturday night to watch the 60-foot man go up in flames amid an explosion of fireworks and gas bombs

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Cruising around the playa at night in a mutant vehicle like “The Numbskull” — an art installation on wheels created by Craig Backer — is, um, a no-brainer.

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For many, the Burning Man experience is synonymous with transcendental sunrise sets in the deep playa from world class DJs — like Lee Burridge, seen here on a chilly but beautiful Saturday morning.

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