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
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3 years ago

This deserves waaay more upvotes

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Lillian Chesak
Community Member
3 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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Yvonne Horton
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3 years ago

LOVELY

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logical fallacy
Community Member
3 years ago

As a dancer I see nothing extreme here, on the contrary I'd like to see this up close.

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Interesting with a flair !

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Ayra
Community Member
3 years ago

Art Noveau at its finest! <3

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CatShatBrix
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3 years ago

The creativity is insane!

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CatShatBrix
Community Member
3 years ago

This is just amazing!

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Lazy Panda 2
Community Member
3 years ago

Love this!

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#10

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Like a gypsy ... colorful

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#11

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Melissa Apple
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#12

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CatShatBrix
Community Member
3 years ago

RollahCoastah!

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Crystal Flores
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3 years ago

I imagine this to b very true lol

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#14

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

My dream bus has arrived!

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#15

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Needs to be around water

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#16

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CatShatBrix
Community Member
3 years ago

I wouldn't worry, I'd land on my feet.

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#17

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful and sad

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#18

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Robert Bailey
Community Member
3 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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#19

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Rosanna Jackson
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3 years ago

The whale from "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" just before touchdown.

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#20

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Melissa Apple
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful

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#21

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Nicole
Community Member
3 years ago

stunning

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#22

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

You go girl

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#23

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MysticalMan
Community Member
3 years ago

Imagine the work that went into this!

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#24

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Melissa Apple
Community Member
3 years ago

Magical medusa

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#25

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Keith Verret
Community Member
3 years ago

Sandnado

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#26

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Ready for a sandstorm!

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#27

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CatShatBrix
Community Member
3 years ago

Anotha RollahCoastah!

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#28

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CatShatBrix
Community Member
3 years ago

How is this even...?

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#29

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Scott Johnson
Community Member
3 years ago

All I brought was this frame. And a monkey who has to follow me everywhere with a camera.

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#30

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Surreal

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Robert Bailey
Community Member
3 years ago

Except Oxygen.

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#32

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Okey Dokey ........................

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#33

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

is that a Sand storm?

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#34

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CatShatBrix
Community Member
3 years ago

BusShip

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#35

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

I like whimsical !

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#36

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Patrick
Community Member
3 years ago

Super cool! Very "5th Element"

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#37

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh wow! Mystical

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#38

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MysticalMan
Community Member
3 years ago

Epic

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#39

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Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

This is captain Jack Sparrows other ship/RV!

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#40

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Downright crazy

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#41

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Lillian Chesak
Community Member
3 years ago

Shell on wheels 🐚+🚘

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#42

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Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

Contractable dome sphere thingamajig, available in 1 different colours! 😁

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#43

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Enomfon Asuquo
Community Member
3 years ago

Gorgeous

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#44

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

So the Playboy Bunny died?

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Antman

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Robert Bailey
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#47

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Lyn Limpert
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow! How tall?

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#48

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Swarf
Community Member
3 years ago

They'll be edited out of the final take.

Kevin Stoner
Community Member
3 years ago

The star children are upon us dhd-59ab00...dc3751.jpg dhd-59ab00fdc3751.jpg

Daniëlle Raats
Community Member
3 years ago

No green screens

Brian McGloin
Community Member
3 years ago

I can picture some good/bad Photoshop magic with this.

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Daniëlle Raats
Community Member
3 years ago

camouflage

Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

We come in peace!

Lidia Domenico
Community Member
3 years ago

teletubbies?

Edvardas Lukosius
Community Member
3 years ago

The Martians

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Erwan Lozachmeur
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2 years ago

Zentaï Aliens :D

Tammy Chapman
Community Member
3 years ago

Ogres??

Linda Gulley
Community Member
3 years ago

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We have nothing constructive to offer, but demand attention!

Brian McGloin
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3 years ago

I imagine you don't get the irony of your statement.

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#49

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Yvonne Horton
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3 years ago

Amazing structure

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#50

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#51

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Willie D'Kay
Community Member
3 years ago

So beautifully steam punk.

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#52

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Grandgenius
Community Member
3 years ago

Victory is in the eye of the beholder...

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#53

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Bj Oliveira
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3 years ago

Reminds me of a jelly fish

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#54

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Bob Clineman
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3 years ago

Tiny little dancer

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Linda Hafley
Community Member
3 years ago

BearLy contain myself

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#56

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Adriana R
Community Member
3 years ago

Just a Spaceman chillin by the sunset.

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#57

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

So many beautiful ppl

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PennyDreadful81
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like dollar signs on the bottom of his boots.

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Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

An early astrogym?

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#61

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Joelle Jansen
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#62

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Grandgenius
Community Member
3 years ago

Man in the moon

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#63

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Kevin Donegan
Community Member
3 years ago

Still stylish.

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#64

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Scott Danskeren
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#65

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Is that a child!? Guess ppl take kids here...

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Stephanie Hutner
Community Member
3 years ago

I like this photograph.

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#67

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Linda Hafley
Community Member
3 years ago

Thelma and Louise ??????

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#68

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Jessica Hunter
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Lyn Limpert
Community Member
3 years ago

I would have loved to see this in motion.

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