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What started in 1986 as two friends burning an eight-foot statue on a San Francisco beach has grown into an event that sets a 105-feet tall statue on fire around the summer solstice. This year's Burning Man festival is taking place on August 27th to September 4th, but has already been responsible for stunning photos that prove how wild it actually is.

Billed as a "Radical Ritual," Burning Man 2017 has become a desert oasis for about 70,000 people. It describes itself as a "temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance." Scroll down to experience the crazy "ritual" through pictures, and don't forget to vote for your favorite ones!

More info: burningman.org (h/t dyt)

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Lillian Chesak
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I saw something like this at the art museum in Cincinnati. The artist used laser cut steel to form intricate shadows

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Mat Biller
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Websites always show the most amazing pieces of art at Burning Man, but they fail to showcase some of the horrible treatment from alumnus burners upon people who are new on the Playa. Unfortunately over the years this Festival has evolved into a nesting center of utter wannabe nouveau riche hippie douchebags. They use the idea of togetherness, art and freedom in order to blast their brains out on drugs and try to score free cigarettes and unconsented sex. I have no doubt that people are still there for the right reasons, to support love, experience, and enlightenment, but the water supply has officially been tainted and it gets more acrid every year.

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Connie Martin
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The way she's articulated and has cables at her knees and wrists, it looks like she can dance. I'd love to see that!

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Marcella Brief
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in Fernley they may take it out of the desert, (which is debatable, drive 15 miles away and see the dump sites) but the garbage they leave in dumpsters they overfill, on the side of the road, and worst of all down our streets is sickening!! And if you live out here you see the destruction and lack of disregard to our parks when bags and bags of garbage, sleeping pads and bags are strewn for us the residents to clean up after!

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Melissa Apple
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is similar to what I start to get in my vision at the beginning of a migraine

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Asher Adams
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The impressive part is what's in the background! At night, the whole thing spins like a ferris wheel and theres a strobe that gives an illusion of a skeleton rowing the boat....oh, did i mentioned that the movement is powered by 3 ropes on either side that must be pulled in a concerted effort by onlookers on either side?

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Ryk Lesser
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's my old Bus!! Still radiating from all the orange sunshine we took in it!!

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Robert Bailey
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And the road warrior. That was the last we ever saw of him. He lives no only in my memories.

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Grandgenius
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wish it wasn't a selfie - I can see her arms in the reflection in the glasses

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Asher Adams
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those ropes you see hanging is what powers this beast. The wheel starts turning and a strobe flashes at night, which then creates an illusion of skeletons in place rowing the boat!

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i'm not even gonna lie seeing that in the dark would scare the c**p out of me

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Tammy Chapman
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, I saw this one earlier. But it was in daylight. It Looks Even More Beautiful All Lit Up!!

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Joelle Jansen
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I look at the fishnets and think; "but how do you apply sunscreen through that?"

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow... an arctic man in a desert... what irony and such a strange contradiction...

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Tammy Chapman
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok, I LOVE that particular shade of BLUE on her outfit. But that is the only thing I like about this photo.

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Bonni Poch
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Best picture of the lot. Question is...what is the sewing machine plugged in to?

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Aessidhe Eclipse
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

well, she should do that in front of that sign telling about having sand in weird places ;)

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Victoria Nicole
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All these pictures are amazing, but I'd love to see normal looking people represented in more of these photos. Even at a festival touted for embracing everyone, only women who look like models make it into these photos?

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Willie D'Kay
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Miss Fritter and Red had a baby? (Sorry, my kid is obsessed with Disney Cars and my mind goes there)

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