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 2 years ago

This deserves waaay more upvotes

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Lillian Chesak 2 years 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 2 years 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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varwenea 2 years ago

Fawkes?

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Yvonne Horton 2 years 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 2 years ago

The creativity is insane!

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Vanessica Bloxgirl 2 years ago

reminds me of 'Home' The movie

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CatShatBrix 2 years ago

Beautiful!

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Lucy Hamilton-Duncan 2 years ago

I need to be driving this on the Beltway.

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Melissa Apple 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

I imagine this to b very true lol

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Ryk Lesser 2 years ago

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

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Nicole 2 years ago

I need this for my garden :)

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Nancy E 2 years ago

Pretty creative & amazing !

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Yvonne Horton 2 years ago

Beautiful and sad

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Robert Bailey 2 years 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 2 years ago

WHAAAAAAALE <3 <3 <3

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Susan High 2 years ago

Shadows and light. My fave!

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Nicole 2 years ago

stunning

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Yvonne Horton 2 years ago

You go girl

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MysticalMan 2 years ago

Imagine the work that went into this!

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Melissa Apple 2 years ago

Magical medusa

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Grandgenius 2 years ago

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

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Asher Adams 2 years 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 2 years ago

It looks a little like Angkor Wat

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Bonni Poch 2 years ago

There are no pants at Burning Man.

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Sour Cherry 2 years ago

🙌

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Aessidhe Eclipse 2 years ago

maybe just after the meal ;)

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Keith Verret 2 years ago

LAND SHARK

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Neeraj Jha 2 years ago

is that a Sand storm?

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Yvonne Horton 2 years ago

WHOA!

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Nancy E 2 years ago

I like whimsical !

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Patrick 2 years ago

Super cool! Very "5th Element"

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Ok Ha-Neul 2 years ago

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

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slywlf 2 years ago

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

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Robi Groves 2 years ago

This looks like captain Jack Sparrow meets mad Max.

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Andrea Subversa 2 years ago

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

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Lillian Chesak 2 years ago

Shell on wheels 🐚+🚘

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Skip Mendler 2 years ago

Sone where Bucky Fuller is smiling

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Enomfon Asuquo 2 years ago

Gorgeous

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Neeraj Jha 2 years ago

So the Playboy Bunny died?

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Yvonne Horton 2 years ago

Antman

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Robert Bailey 2 years ago

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

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MysticalMan 2 years ago

Behold the burning man.

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Swarf 2 years ago

They'll be edited out of the final take.

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Aessidhe Eclipse 2 years ago

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

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Andrew Gibb 2 years ago

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

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Willie D'Kay 2 years ago

So beautifully steam punk.

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Grandgenius 2 years ago

Victory is in the eye of the beholder...

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Tammy Chapman 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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Nicholas Tipton 2 years ago

I read this was made entirely of pennies.. craziness

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Adriana R 2 years ago

Just a Spaceman chillin by the sunset.

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Pam Harris 2 years ago

When you go to Burning Man just for the instagram post

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Yvonne Horton 2 years ago

Lol he's ready

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Wendy Yim 2 years ago

That's how she rolls 😎

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Joelle Jansen 2 years ago

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

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Lyone Fein 2 years ago

Those are Tibetan verses written across the face.

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Celestial Lynx 2 years ago

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

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Scott Danskeren 2 years ago

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

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Willie D'Kay 2 years ago

Aw, what a cute little stud muffin.

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Desiré Yen 2 years ago

Just a little more to the left....

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Lø Reine 2 years ago

Gorgeous souls! <3

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Jessica Hunter 2 years ago

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

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Lyn Limpert 2 years ago

I would have loved to see this in motion.

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Lyn Limpert 2 years ago

Lots of guys brought their pet dragons !

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Nancy E 2 years ago

Most of my time was spent looking at the couple !

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Roisin Carey 2 years ago

Man I really want to know what that does.

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Tammy Chapman 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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Tammy Chapman 2 years ago

Interesting outfit.

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Stuart Zimmerman 2 years ago

now that's a worthy stretch

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Stacie Robertson 2 years ago

this composes a brilliant metaphor

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Aessidhe Eclipse 2 years ago

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

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Doug Kemp 2 years ago

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

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