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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Crystal Flores 1 year ago

This deserves waaay more upvotes

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Lillian Chesak 1 year ago

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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Connie Martin 1 year ago

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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Yvonne Horton 1 year ago

Hard to believe that ALL these wondrous things are disassembled at the end of the festival...they leave the desert so clean after

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CatShatBrix 1 year ago

The creativity is insane!

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Vanessica Bloxgirl 1 year ago

reminds me of 'Home' The movie

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CatShatBrix 1 year ago

Beautiful!

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Lucy Hamilton-Duncan 1 year ago

I need to be driving this on the Beltway.

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Melissa Apple 1 year ago

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

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Asher Adams 1 year ago

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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Crystal Flores 1 year ago

I imagine this to b very true lol

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Ryk Lesser 1 year ago

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

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Nicole 1 year ago

I need this for my garden :)

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Nancy E 1 year ago

Pretty creative & amazing !

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Yvonne Horton 1 year ago

Beautiful and sad

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Robert Bailey 1 year ago

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

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Nina Clément 1 year ago

WHAAAAAAALE <3 <3 <3

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Susan High 1 year ago

Shadows and light. My fave!

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Nicole 1 year ago

stunning

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Yvonne Horton 1 year ago

You go girl

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MysticalMan 1 year ago

Imagine the work that went into this!

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Melissa Apple 1 year ago

Magical medusa

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Grandgenius 1 year ago

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

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Asher Adams 1 year ago

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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May Rose 1 year ago

It looks a little like Angkor Wat

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Bonni Poch 1 year ago

There are no pants at Burning Man.

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Sour Cherry 1 year ago

🙌

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Aessidhe Eclipse 1 year ago

maybe just after the meal ;)

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Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

is that a Sand storm?

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Yvonne Horton 1 year ago

WHOA!

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Nancy E 1 year ago

I like whimsical !

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Patrick 1 year ago

Super cool! Very "5th Element"

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Ok Ha-Neul 1 year ago

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

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slywlf 1 year ago

Ready for lift off 3...2...

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Robi Groves 1 year ago

This looks like captain Jack Sparrow meets mad Max.

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Andrea Subversa 1 year ago

A MAN! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Lillian Chesak 1 year ago

Shell on wheels 🐚+🚘

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Skip Mendler 1 year ago

Sone where Bucky Fuller is smiling

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Enomfon Asuquo 1 year ago

Gorgeous

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Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

So the Playboy Bunny died?

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Yvonne Horton 1 year ago

Antman

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Robert Bailey 1 year ago

Damn, I already used a Road Warrior quote on a different picture.

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MysticalMan 1 year ago

Behold the burning man.

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Swarf 1 year ago

They'll be edited out of the final take.

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Aessidhe Eclipse 1 year ago

I just keep wondering if her feet don't burn inside of all that fur xDD

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Andrew Gibb 1 year ago

E.T. go home! You've had too much to drink!

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Willie D'Kay 1 year ago

So beautifully steam punk.

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Grandgenius 1 year ago

Victory is in the eye of the beholder...

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

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

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Lisa Greene 1 year ago

There's something so serene about this photo... Makes me feel at ease.

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Nicholas Tipton 1 year ago

I read this was made entirely of pennies.. craziness

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Adriana R 1 year ago

Just a Spaceman chillin by the sunset.

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Pam Harris 1 year ago

When you go to Burning Man just for the instagram post

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Yvonne Horton 1 year ago

Lol he's ready

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Wendy Yim 1 year ago

That's how she rolls 😎

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Joelle Jansen 1 year ago

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

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Lyone Fein 1 year ago

Those are Tibetan verses written across the face.

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Celestial Lynx 1 year ago

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

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Scott Danskeren 1 year ago

I'd like to know who the artist was for this piece.

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Willie D'Kay 1 year ago

Aw, what a cute little stud muffin.

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

Just a little more to the left....

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Lø Reine 1 year ago

Gorgeous souls! <3

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Jessica Hunter 1 year ago

Hell yeah, go Utah! My amazing friends built this.

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Lyn Limpert 1 year ago

I would have loved to see this in motion.

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Lyn Limpert 1 year ago

Lots of guys brought their pet dragons !

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Nancy E 1 year ago

Most of my time was spent looking at the couple !

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Roisin Carey 1 year ago

Man I really want to know what that does.

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

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

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Tammy Chapman 1 year ago

Interesting outfit.

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Stuart Zimmerman 1 year ago

now that's a worthy stretch

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Stacie Robertson 1 year ago

this composes a brilliant metaphor

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Aessidhe Eclipse 1 year ago

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

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Doug Kemp 1 year ago

that's one way to keep the dust out of weird places.

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Air Cachero 1 year ago

..and she got dust in curious places.

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Victoria Nicole 1 year ago

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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Michael Pizzo 1 year ago

Hoop skirts were made for dancin'

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