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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hybycozo Report

Lillian Chesak
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5 years ago Created 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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xmasons Report

Connie Martin
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5 years ago Created 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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cal_bear209 Report

Yvonne Horton
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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visittheusa Report

Melissa Apple
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5 years ago Created 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

Missy Finley
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh hon, i'm sorry you have to suffer through that. My daughter gets migraines, she sees flashes of bright lights. It's horrible.

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Elise McFarland
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The whale was only there last year. This is from 2016.

Tammy Chapman
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep, that almost gave me a migraine. I want a better look at the giant metal looking piece in the background. I do love the girl's headdress though.

Carole Anderson
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Melissa Apple omg! Me too! Great call.

Tonya Johnson
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I got engaged under the magic that Davis McCarty's 'Pulse Portal' brings at Lighting in a Bottle! So stunning!

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elisabecker Report

Asher Adams
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5 years ago Created 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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katrinq Report

Ryk Lesser
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5 years ago Created 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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arnog Report

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alejandro_montagna Report

Robert Bailey
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5 years ago Created 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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bricer22 Report

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olia_birulia Report

Grandgenius
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5 years ago Created 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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frequentcyclist Report

Asher Adams
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5 years ago Created 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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cal_bear209 Report

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tylersculpture Report

Ok Ha-Neul
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#39

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tommykennard Report

Robi Groves
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This looks like captain Jack Sparrow meets mad Max.

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draginah Report

Robert Bailey
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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alisamore Report

Swarf
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They'll be edited out of the final take.

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#49

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dogaguven Report

Aessidhe Eclipse
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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grotesquemagazine Report

Andrew Gibb
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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