Burning Man 2018: Photos that define the spirit of the festival

Burning Man began as a bonfire lit by two friends but grew into the world’s raunchiest festival located deep in the scorching Nevada desert.

Burning Man 2018 took place August 26 – September 3, in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Participants join in the effort to co-create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community.

Burning Man isn’t your usual festival. It’s a city wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the experience.


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As tens of thousands of burners pour into the pop-up city, which culminated on Sunday the 2nd with the ignition of the titular man, a bevy of nifty structures and art pieces sprout up on the sand.

Each year, dozens and dozens of shrines and installations rise over the week, encircling this year’s theme of “I, Robot” which asked artists to look at how the “many forms of artificial intelligence that permeate our lives.””