I spent last week in the Black Rock desert in Nevada, in the temporary city of Black Rock City for the Burning Man event. It was my second “burn”.
One week of pure joy and happiness, bliss and love, art and fire… It’s difficult to describe what it can be like, but picture dust storms with cathedrals, sculptures, giant things on the ground and boats, flying carpets and other art cars moving around. At night it’s completely different, more like a LSD dream. There’s neon like lights everywhere and fire. Lots of fire!
Now imagine that there is 70000 people with you in that city, and all of them are doing their best to make everyone else happy. Gift is the key. I gave heart shaped sunglasses by day and light bracelets by night. My friend Mika printed 300 Burning Man bracelets he designed and gave them to random people. My cousin David gave twisted vision glasses to make the night lights even more captivating. Our camp was gifting chocolate, alcohol and live music to everyone. Other camps were gifting tea, food, entertainment or even showers. In the end, most art pieces burn and everyone leaves with no trace. There is no money, no network. It’s only one week per year in the middle of nowhere, requires a lot of organization, but it’s so worth it. I think I forgot about my job 2 minutes after I stepped in BRC. It was beautiful!
A very cool giant skeletton puppet articulated in 6 different points people would run around to move and the man on the background.
A huge fire tetris you could play with a remote control!
A dragon art car, a lyra, my Cheshire cat costume and I’m happy.
That art piece was very impressive. The snake was entirely covered with fire, and the top part of its body and full head was articulated. It moved and raised every once in a while, opening its mouth to display fire fangs. Sometimes, the egg it protected would open and blow giant red flammes.
Enjoying the dust storm.
The Firement art, complete with moving lights and classical music.
El pulpo mecanico, my favorite art car!
Daylight on the playa.
The virgin hooper camp was giving hoops to customize and take home, and teaching tricks.
Silvère and I at the Ditrikt camp: house music all day long.
In the temple.
People in the temple.
Cute art car.
One of my favourite camp: Disco Chateau. Good DJ and giant teddy bears to nap on.
Random art on the playa.
Black Rock City from the air, the Burning sky camp was giving tours for flyers and jumpers.
Art installation: Dream Live Ok Be.
Huge fireworks before we burn the man, probably the best I’ve ever seen.
The temple is a non religious and non political place where people grieve on their lost ones. It can get very emotional. They burn the temple the day after they burn the man, when the party is over.
The ashes of the temple.