Burning Man

What Inspires: BURNING MAN

 We came to Reno to celebrate my mom's 77th Birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom!

We came to Reno to celebrate my mom's 77th Birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom!

Upon arrival at Reno Airport, last Monday, we were greeted by all manner of folks holding "I NEED A TICKET!" signs.

"Ticket to what?"

Near baggage claim,  a row of tables crowded with "interesting" and "artsy" types with yarn woven into their hair and camping gear, busily passed around papers and scribbled on sign up sheets. The buzz was audible, their excitement, catching.  What ever sort of camp or convention they were going to, I wanted to go to.

Then I spotted a poster of a metal sculpture mounted on a pyre and knew:  

 Burning Man 1

Burning Man 1

BURNING MAN is an 8 day-long event held in the Nevada desert, about 100 miles north of Reno.

 An Arial of the community erected in the Black Rock Desert for 8 days only

An Arial of the community erected in the Black Rock Desert for 8 days only

I've never been to Burning Man. The first I heard of it was in a Reno bike shop a few years back when the salesperson suggested I could get the best deal on a used bike the weekend after Labor Day because thousands bring bikes to ride at Burning Man (as no cars are allowed inside) and then dump them rather than pay to have them shipped home.

 50 to 60 thousand people, from 22 countries participated this year.

50 to 60 thousand people, from 22 countries participated this year.

The rest I had heard of Burning Man was it's a week-long camp out in the desert, with no amenities, lots of drugs, music, art and wild costumes.

The latest I'd seen of Burning Man is an exhibit in the Reno Airport (while  waiting to leave Wednesday) of  massive, detailed, awe-inspiring sculptures erected in the desert: :

 350 some art pieces created for the event

350 some art pieces created for the event

metal ships cast adrift in the sand sea;

 Larry Harvey is credited with starting Burning Man

Larry Harvey is credited with starting Burning Man

pyramids,

twisted semi-trailers squirming skyward.

spaceships,

sea creatures . . .

 All manner of material and media are utilized

All manner of material and media are utilized

and of course, the  human effigy from whence the gathering takes it's name. Burning Man is torched the last Saturday night of the gathering.

 Burning Man some say originated with "Wicker Man" but Larry disagrees

Burning Man some say originated with "Wicker Man" but Larry disagrees

 BM leaving

BM leaving

Afterwards, and through today, the 1st Monday in September, Labor Day,  participants dismantle the community. . They pack out their trash and tents and disburse.

If you'd like to know more about Burning Man, you'll find oodles of photos, videos, blogs, etc. etc. and so forth . . .

Images of Burning Man 2013

But you might not find THIS. . .  

And

THIS, coupled with the  thought of 50 to 60,000  people from 22 countries

coming together to celebrate, create and support art

--and others just out to have a grand time--is what inspires me  about a week-long camp- out with  strangers in the middle of the arid,  hot, dry, summer, hot, dry, dusty, hot, dry desert.                         

THIS:

 Burning Man principles (813x1024)

Burning Man principles (813x1024)