Burning Man festival 2017 attracted over 70,000 visitors from all across the globe. The festival that combines art installation with music, this year also didn’t disappoint.
The festival takes place at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada and it’s jam-packed with over 130 musical performances, outlandish costumes, celebrity sightings, and of course, insane art installations.
This year, showrunners commissioned artists to create large-scale pieces inspired by the theme, “Radical Ritual.” From fire-breathing dragon cars, to a robotic female Buddha, a total of 320 structures were erected at the dusty, temporary city.
Here, on the region’s salt flats, the individual pieces – steel, wood, papier-mâché and a myriad of other materials – are assembled into one of the festival’s most striking pieces of art: Mutant Vehicles. These often spectacular cars would fail any standard road test, but must pass the criteria set by Burning Man’s Department of Mutant Vehicles (DMV) to be granted a festival license.
This means they must “be completely mutated – showing little or none of the original base vehicle,” according to the DMV, who strive to ensure a “balance” of mutated machinery. The strict criteria means only 650 licenses were granted this year. Other motorized vehicles are largely banned, and most of the tens of thousands of attendees must travel by foot or bike.
Photographer of the festival Scott London says: “Burning Man is a laboratory for creative expression – whether it’s showing a skill like stilt walking or fire dancing, an outfit, an art car or art installation…already that’s fascinating; you see things you don’t get to see elsewhere.”
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