The 25th Burning Man Festival came to an end Monday. Nearly 50,000 people gathered in Nevada's Black Rock, where they lived, partied and celebrated community, artwork, absurdity, decommodification and revelry for a week.
The theme for this year's Burning Man was Rites of Passage. The event which used to be free now cost $360, with tickets going for as high as $1000 on Stub Hub.
Both the artistic central temple and the giant effigy, which is burned at the end of the festival, are the centers of Burning Man. This year, the Temple of Transition, a 120 foot tall, multi-building structure that resembles an alien church, was at the center of the temporary city in the desert.
What we call 'The Temple' is a collective Idea, a Feeling, an Aura projected from the Participants onto the blank template of the building itself. It is therefore our mission to create the Temple as an empty, yet simultaneously beautiful, inspiring, and supportive vessel, that gently suggests & enables Participants to both feel & interact with it's intangible essence, International Arts Megacrew said on Kickstarter.