Every year thousands of people descend onto Black Rock to build a city in the desert from scratch. And for many of the artists and engineers, the period of set-up before the gates actually open has become the most important part of this yearly event. We talk to the founder of Burning Man, Larry Harvey, as well as the masterminds behind the art installations Temple, Elevation, Babylon, Mutopia, and of course, the team behind the building of The Man, as they share their views and show us the art that embodies this year's theme: The American Dream.
[This year] Burning Man has sold out of tickets for the first time in its 25-year history, and there won't even be any last-minute tickets available at the gate for hopeful pilgrims, according to the The Burning Blog (official site). Event organizers give a stern warning for those without tickets to "NOT show up at the Gate." And in keeping with the spirit of an event that eschews the exchange of money, people who plan to sell their tickets are encouraged to do so at face value ($210 or $360), or even give them away.
This year's event is taking place August 29 - September 5, 2010
Burning Man 2010
Burning Man 2010 dust-up
Burning Man 2009