Less than six months ago Burning Man tickets went on sale and in less than 30 minutes a frenzy took over resulting in the sale of all 30,000 tickets purchased by thousands of eager Burners.
With a base fee of $390 plus an $80 vehicle charge, Burning Man isn’t an event for the penny-pincher. Less than half of pre-registered hopefuls made their way to the front of the virtual line to grab a hold of the precious (environmental golden) ticket.
Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.
In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome. Well all who can afford it and be lucky enough to get a ticket that is.
Celebs now flock to Black Rock City Labor Day Weekend to take part in Burning Man and it is clearly a celebration that can’t be missed by the “A crowd”.
If you look closely at on the Playa, you’d see faces like Katy Perry, Cara and Poppy Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Diplo, and more big names.
Although you may not recognize them with their wild outfits and bright hairdos. Cara is sporting a wild set of braids that drape down her back and the “Roar” singer stepped out in braids that almost made her look like Rainbow Bright.
Also at the burn this year? Paris Hilton. The hotel heiress is making her mark in the dust this year and has been posting tons of pics about her “virgin trip” to the Burn. She just likes saying the word virgin. Several vets offered quiet graciously to throw her on the open fire or tie her up inside the man as an offering to mankind but she decline. You can’t have everything.
Burning Man’s 2016 art theme is inspired by the Italian Renaissance of the middle fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, when an historic convergence of inspired artistry, technical innovation and enlightened patronage launched Europe out of medievalism and into modernity.
The story will focus on the republic of Florence, for it was here, in a city-state of about the same size and population as Black Rock City, that humanist ideals, a rediscovery of science, and funding from a newly moneyed class of entrepreneurs fueled a revolutionary cultural movement that redefined Western civilization.
Five centuries later, we will attempt to recreate this potent social alchemy by combining Burning Man art, maker culture and creative philanthropy to make Black Rock City the epicenter of a new renaissance.
The parallels between these two precocious cities are remarkable. Of all the cities of the Renaissance, Florence is perhaps most notable for a new kind of social mobility; not only was it governed democratically, it was also possible for artists to rise through the ranks of society by apprenticing in workshops led by master craftsmen who belonged to guilds.
Botticelli was the son of a tanner, and any persevering artist might ascend from humble origins to gain the status of a culture hero, one whose work might be commissioned by the wealthy Wool Guild or be paid for by princes or popes. In the name of art, class barriers were cast aside.
Florentines were famous for their love of beauty – not only for the value they attached to public art, but for their love of costume, pageantry, and an idealized admiration of the human body as a measure of all things.
Florentine artist Leonardo da Vinci sketched what is perhaps the definitive icon of this era. Inspired by his study of the Roman architect Vitruvius, he mapped the ratios of the human body to produce the image of a man, his limbs outstretched to span a universal circle.
This year’s Man will emulate the symbol of Vitruvian Man. As nearby bell towers toll the hours, we will invite participants to operate an elaborate system of human-powered gears and pulleys that will slowly rotate Burning Man a full 360 degrees on the vertical plane, as if it formed the axle and spokes of an enormous spinning wheel.
The creation of a giant Turning Man is especially appropriate, since many famous Florentine artists were also civil engineers. Filippo Brunelleschi, originally enrolled in a guild and trained as a goldsmith, went on to design and construct the city’s cathedral – an unprecedented structure; it became a wonder of the world.
Tasked with raising and assembling four million bricks in order to complete its egg-shaped dome, he invented dozens of diverse machines. Likewise, the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci are replete with engineering sketches – including the prototype of a helicopter.
This fusion of art, science and technology also characterizes Black Rock City. In 2016, the Burning Man will be surrounded by a public square, a piazza lined with workshops, each representing a guild.
Burning Man guilds, unlike the traditional guilds of Florence, are self-invented and devoted to the interactive manufacture of whatever participating artists and inventors can imagine.
The Black Rock Lighthouse Service (BRLS) is now in service. The lighthouses are physical manifestations of the goddesses Artemis, Brigette, Coco, Durga & Elie with interiors designed by Gabriela Levandowski, and Toshiaki Uchikoshi, Rebecca Anders, Gretchen Stamp, Raven & Luscious.
The lighthouse project is truly a family affair, led by father and son team Max & Jonny Poynton. A community driven project built primarily with reclaimed materials by a tight-knit core crew of just 20 members.
A look inside the mind of a mad man.
We will again invite our regional communities to join in this effort, and will reach out to members of the maker movement to help create this interactive environment.
Fly Me To Burning Man
The hull of the 747 was unmistakable in the night.
Despite the early hour, a hundred engineers on loan from Google were already crawling over the machine like ants feeding on a carcass. They waved their tools maniacally and spoke in an impenetrable Silicon Valley brogue. It was a awesome sight.
As Jon and Ken brainstormed the 747 idea, they realized that this idea was so ambitious it could be a stepping stone to something bigger, something larger. With the help of Rob Volkel, they decided to form a non-profit foundation that would focus on creating and supporting projects that would inspire people, that could be transformative, or that could have a positive impact on the planet. The projects could be across a wide variety of fields, as long as they would be educational and have a component of community.
THE OH! NO AT BLACK ROCK
The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Wednesday night vandalism of a Burning Man camp during one of the group’s parties.
The White Ocean camp hosts famous techno-music DJs each night at the weeklong festival in the Black Rock Desert. On Thursday, a post on the group’s Facebook page said that the camp had been vandalized during or after their largest event, the “white party.” The white party attracts thousands of ravers in white clothing from Wednesday night to dawn Thursday’.
“A very unfortunate and saddening event happened last night at White Ocean, something we thought would never be possible in OUR Burning Man utopia,” the camp Facebook post said. “A band of hooligans raided our camp, stole from us, pulled and sliced all of our electrical lines leaving us with no refrigeration and wasting our food and glued our trailer doors shut, vandalized most of our camping infrastructure, dumped 200 gallons of potable water flooding our camp.”
Camp leaders declined to comment on the event but looked to social media for anyone who might have any information about the incident. The post said law enforcement had been called to take a report.
“This year has been quite the challenge for our camp,” the post read. “We have felt like we’ve been sabotaged from every angle, but last night’s chain of events, while we were all out enjoying our beautiful home, was an absolute and definitive confirmation that some feel we are not deserving of Burning Man.
“We actually had someone from the (Burning Man) organization tell us that in paraphrase ‘it makes sense that you have been sabotaged as you are a closed camp and not welcoming.’”
Burning Man isn’t just an annual party, it’s a year-round culture. That culture has to be successfully transmitted to new people in order to survive, so of course new people are welcome. Unfortunately, the maximum allowable population of Black Rock City is finite, while the word-of-mouth about the event is more like a geometric progression.
If the influx of new people overwhelms the vets’ ability to transmit the culture to them, the culture will perish along with an inordinately large number of dehydrated first-timers, and Burning Man will indeed become just another party (some say this has already happened).