Alex Gray's painted mural for the theme of "Hope and Fear" at the base of the Burning Man "Pavilion of the Future"
Burning Man is one of the most outrageous and popular festivals in Nevada. It takes place annually, Labor Day week, on an ancient lakebed known as "the playa" in Black Rock City, northern Nevada.
The theme differs each year. More than 25,000 people from around the world come to experience this unique festival where radical self-reliance, self-expression and interactive public art are celebrated as nowhere else.
Burning Man allocates a percentage of its revenue from ticket sales to funding select art projects that are imaginative, community-oriented, and interactive. However, the majority of art installations are created by the festival's participants wanting to contribute their own innovative expression. Avant-garde sculptures and installations rise out of the playa where conventional and modern vehicles are banned. The wonders of Burning Man are explored on foot, or by bicycle or approved "art cars."