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
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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
Community Member
3 years ago

LOVELY

endelbendel
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, for a moment, but banal.

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Mat Biller
Community Member
3 years ago

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.

Barb Logan
Community Member
3 years ago

How sad! Unfortunately I've seen this happen too many times. having grown up in the Sixties. We started out well....

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The Cappy
Community Member
3 years ago

Put that in my back yard after you're done with it, please.

Ann Grimes
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow! Love this!

Sarah Barlow
Community Member
3 years ago

beautiful

Lisa Greene
Community Member
3 years ago

WOWZA!

Paulkyne Oribo
Community Member
3 years ago

It's a very nice looking tree pic

Edward Darbidian
Community Member
3 years ago

Light of life

Bill Hamilton
Community Member
3 years ago

My favorite!

Heide calderon
Community Member
3 years ago

The Church of the Open Mind helped fix The Tree of Life one day. Sort of perfect. 💜

Newfie Beauty
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful!

Sherri Hudson
Community Member
3 years ago

This was my favorite of all the artwork!

Erza Scarlet
Community Member
3 years ago

it's like the rainbow cherry blossom tree from fairytail :3

Elise McFarland
Community Member
3 years ago

Watching this change colors was really amazing. One night a string quartet played under it, and it was just magical.

Liz St Germaine
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful!

Steven Michaels
Community Member
3 years ago

This is beautiful

Jade Lorreni💜💙
Community Member
3 years ago

Woooooooow

Tammy Chapman
Community Member
3 years ago

Pretty. Very bright.

Jen Loong
Community Member
3 years ago

Reminds of GOT tree from Winterfell..

Barbara Wilder
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3 years ago

We did this instead... #Mushrooms FACEBOOK @AMAZINGBURNINGGIRL 6EPISODE-5...11-png.jpg 6EPISODE-59ae4fdedb711-png.jpg

dayna valle
Community Member
3 years ago

wonderful!

Arlene engel
Community Member
3 years ago

Very pretty

Charles Laster
Community Member
3 years ago

The tree of the knowledge of beauty and imagination!

Steve Merk
Community Member
3 years ago

Winterfell tree

فریبرز ذاکرعباسی
Community Member
3 years ago

so lovely art

Missy Finley
Community Member
3 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Nancy A Clark
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't know how you pick just one as your favorite. There is just so much creativity and beauty that I can't choose just one; or even just a few!

Patricia Anne
Community Member
3 years ago

Incredible

Gail Leary
Community Member
3 years ago

Stunning

Charles Laster
Community Member
3 years ago

Psychedelia lives!

endelbendel
Community Member
3 years ago

Eh, colored lights.

Lawrence Crickenberger
Community Member
3 years ago

burning man creation

Margie Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow!!

Kevin Papazombie
Community Member
3 years ago

This has to be the best place to stare at amazing art! this tree is definitely my favorite. Check out http://stareatstuff.weebly.com/ to stare at some more cool stuff

Katsumi Uchida
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow ‼️

SriGanesh.Ninja
Community Member
3 years ago

Narnia !

Mari Kennard
Community Member
3 years ago

Feeling and connection

Sedat Bağrıyanık
Community Member
3 years ago

Can't really

Kimberley Brubeck
Community Member
3 years ago

The tree was amaaaaaaaaazing!!!!!

Clary Chee
Community Member
3 years ago

Reminds me of avatar

Alex Thomas
Community Member
3 years ago

Burning Man Beauty

Claire Von Hirdler
Community Member
3 years ago

I want this magical tree!!

Flora Polvado
Community Member
3 years ago

Is this a photo or a painting?

Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow

Melissa Apple
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow, I would have loved to see this in person, all of them really!

Melinda
Community Member
3 years ago

Stunning ... :)

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Connie Martin
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Fawkes?

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 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
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3 years ago

The creativity is insane!

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#8

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Vanessica Bloxgirl
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3 years ago

reminds me of 'Home' The movie

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CatShatBrix
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful!

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Lucy Hamilton-Duncan
Community Member
3 years ago

I need to be driving this on the Beltway.

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Melissa Apple
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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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Asher Adams
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3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

I imagine this to b very true lol

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#14

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Ryk Lesser
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Nicole
Community Member
3 years ago

I need this for my garden :)

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Pretty creative & amazing !

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#17

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful and sad

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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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Nina Clément
Community Member
3 years ago

WHAAAAAAALE <3 <3 <3

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Susan High
Community Member
3 years ago

Shadows and light. My fave!

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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
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3 years ago

Sandnado

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Grandgenius
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3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

It looks a little like Angkor Wat

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#29

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Bonni Poch
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3 years ago

There are no pants at Burning Man.

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#30

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Sour Cherry
Community Member
3 years ago

🙌

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Aessidhe Eclipse
Community Member
3 years ago

maybe just after the meal ;)

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Keith Verret
Community Member
3 years ago

LAND SHARK

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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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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

WHOA!

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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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Ok Ha-Neul
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#39

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Robi Groves
Community Member
3 years ago

This looks like captain Jack Sparrow meets mad Max.

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Andrea Subversa
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3 years ago

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

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Lillian Chesak
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3 years ago

Shell on wheels 🐚+🚘

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#42

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Skip Mendler
Community Member
3 years ago

Sone where Bucky Fuller is smiling

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Enomfon Asuquo
Community Member
3 years ago

Gorgeous

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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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MysticalMan
Community Member
3 years ago

Behold the burning man.

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Swarf
Community Member
3 years ago

They'll be edited out of the final take.

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Aessidhe Eclipse
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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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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Grandgenius
Community Member
3 years ago

Victory is in the eye of the beholder...

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Tammy Chapman
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Nicholas Tipton
Community Member
3 years ago

I read this was made entirely of pennies.. craziness

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Adriana R
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3 years ago

Just a Spaceman chillin by the sunset.

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Pam Harris
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3 years ago

When you go to Burning Man just for the instagram post

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol he's ready

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Wendy Yim
Community Member
3 years ago

That's how she rolls 😎

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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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