Art & Culture: Burning Man 2016

Burning Man Art Installations

Last week, 70,000 people traveled to the Black Rock Desert for Burning Man 2016. This annual gathering is “dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.” Each year, innovative and inspiring art installations debut at this week-long festival. Here are some of our favorite pieces from Burning Man 2016!

Dreams of Flight Burning Man

Dreams of Flight by Michael Gard features floating wire figures, which are illuminated with LED lights. This piece seems to celebrate the joy of life and the endless possibilities that the future holds.

 Ascension Burning Man

Ascension by Jeremy Richardson “is a reflection of one person’s journey of self-discovery pertaining to love.” It’s no secret that YUMS regularly uses bright colors to provoke a reaction. We love that the bold hues of this installation represent love.

The Light Inside You Burning Man

The Light is Inside You by Yelena Filipchuk encourages observers to embrace and utilize their talents without the fear of ridicule or reception. “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

Sonic Runway Burning Man

Sonic Runway by Rob Jensen “is a 1000 ft corridor of lights that visualize the speed of sound. Participants are encouraged to play music or make other sounds at one end. This triggers colorful patterns of light that ripple down the corridor. Participants at the far end of the runway will see the sound coming at them before they hear it.” We love the innovation behind this installation, as art should be intriguing and enriching.

Magic Dance Mirror Burning Man

The Magic Dance Mirror by Kyle Ruddick “rewards movement, dance, and dancing together with elaborate real-time animations.” While art is meant to evoke a reaction from observers, it rarely physically engages people. Its ability to inspire dance makes the Magic Dance Mirror truly special.

Boring Sign Burning Man

The BORING Sign by Camp BORING “is a 18-foot tall, 20-foot long reminder to never take one’s self – or one’s life work – too seriously.” Self-doubt and criticism limit creative vision, while a lighthearted approach can be freeing.

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