22 Epic Photos From Burning Man 2017, The Craziest Festival On The Planet • MetDaan

22 Epic Photos From Burning Man 2017, The Craziest Festival On The Planet

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What started as a gathering by Larry Harvey and a group of friends on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986 when they burnt an eight-foot effigy, has grown into a global phenomenon. The Burning Man festival takes place annually in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert during the summer solstice culminating in the setting of a 105-feet tall effigy (The Man) on fire.

This year’s Burning Man festival took place between the 27th of August and the 4th of September. Billed as a “Radical Ritual,” Burning Man 2017 was visited by 70,000 people that created a “temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.” This year, however, the festival was the sight of a tragic event in which 41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell ran into the burning effigy on Saturday night and perished.

Scroll down to check out the most stunning photos from this year’s Burning Man themed “Radical Ritual”, as well as some of the most important facts about the festival.

More info: burningman.org (h/t dyt)

1. One of the roots of the annual event now known as Burning Man began as a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice in 1986 when Larry Harvey and a group of friends met on Baker Beach in San Francisco and burned a 9-foot (2.7-meter) wooden man as well as a smaller wooden dog

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2. Harvey has described his inspiration for burning these effigies as a spontaneous act of “radical self-expression”

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3. By 1988, Larry Harvey formally named the summer solstice ritual “Burning Man” and distributed for the happening with the now-popular name

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4. By 1996, the event had grown to 8,000 attendees; since 1998 it has been taking place in the Black Rock Desert where it attracts tens of thousands of visitors

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5. In 2010, 51,515 people attended Burning Man while in 2015 the attendance rose to 70,000.

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6. The festival has spawned several smaller regional events inspired by the principles of Burning Man that are being held internationally

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7. The event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by 10 main principles

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8. “Radical” inclusion, self-reliance, and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leaving no trace are the ten principles of Burning Man

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9. Black Rock City, a temporary C-shaped city erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the festival

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10. At Burning Man, the community explores various forms of artistic self-expression, created in celebration for the pleasure of all participants

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11. Participation is a key precept for the community – selfless giving of one’s unique talents for the enjoyment of all is encouraged and actively reinforced

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12. Some of these outpourings of creativity can include experimental and interactive sculpture, building, performance, and art cars

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13. The event takes its name from its culmination, the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy (“the Man”) that traditionally occurs on the Saturday evening of the festival

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14. The height of the Burning Man itself has remained close to 40 feet (12 meters) tall between 1989-2013

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15. In 2014 the configuration and height of the Man itself changed, and Burners were presented with a taller, more robust figure. For 2016 and 2017 the Man itself returned to its 40-foot stature

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16. Every installment of Burning Man has a theme that determines the appearance of its artwork

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17. Some notable themes have been American Dream, Hope and Fear: The Future, Metropolis – Life of Cities, Carnival of Mirrors and DaVinci’s Workshop

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18. Burning Man 2017 ended in tragedy as Aaron Joel Mitchell died after rushing into the flames of the “Man Burn” effigy

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19. The 41-year-old evaded several rangers and security guards to leap into the effigy on Saturday night

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20. The Oklahoma man was pulled from the burning structure and treated on scene before being airlifted to a burn center where he later passed away

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21. This year, more than 70,000 people enjoyed the nine days of art and music in the Black Rock Desert, about 100 miles north of Reno

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22. The festival ended on Sunday with the traditional Burning of the Temple, a wooden structure that has been stuffed with notes, memories and remembrances from festival goers throughout the week

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