Tens of thousands of people gather in Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary and vibrant metropolis, dedicated to community, art, self-reliance and self-expression. Burning Man is a practice in community and Burners are not simply “attendees,” but active participants. Burners create the incredible art, the city itself and the interaction and exchange of ideas. The burning of the Man is a symbol whose meaning is as varied as the attendees themselves. Participation is a gift given to the larger community for everyone’s benefit. This includes ensuring that burners know and understand the “pack it in, pack it out” or “leave no trace” mentality.
Everyone should experience Burning Man at least once in their lifetime. Click here for an eloquent overview of this experimental community, which challenges its members to express and rely on themselves to a degree that is not normally encountered in one’s day-to-day life.
The event is renowned for phenomenal art installations. More than simply static creations, the art encourages interaction, elicits emotion and is created by the people who make up Black Rock City. The ten principles of Burning Man include gifting to others without expecting a return or an exchange for something of equal value or greater value. Environmental consciousness is critical and the people of the playa endeavor to leave no trace when they depart.
Can’t make it to Black Rock City? Plan a summer road trip on the Burner Byway and experience Burning Man’s influence in the Northern Nevada desert.