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Burning Man 2014’s Trippiest Photos

The desert festival’s coolest cars, happiest campers and most mind-blowing art installations

Dancers on the playa at Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

For a glorious week, Burning Man returned to Nevada's Black Rock desert, along with the custom art, outrageous outfits, eye-grabbing vehicles and inventive technology participants had been preparing for months in advance. A journey through the playa – the festival's main grounds, a little pop-up metropolis in the literal middle of nowhere – is like a trip through time and space. Here's what it looked like. Photos by Scott London

Pulse and Bloom at Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Flower Power

Pulse and Bloom, an interactive LED sculpture and popular chillout destination, was made up of 25 mechanical lotus flowers with rhythmically shifting colors.

An alternate 'man' at Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

This Charming Man

An alternate "man" donning a colorful Stetson hearkened back to the early days of the event, when the effigy was cobbled together from wood and neon and raised up by the participants themselves.

Lara and Bar at Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Dust in the Wind

Lara and Bar, two friends from New York, were caught in a choking whiteout one windy afternoon at the temple.

The Temple of Grace at Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Castles Made of Sand

The Temple of Grace, an installation by artist David Best and crew, became a spiritual centerpiece for many participants at Burning Man 2014. It was burned on the final night of the event.

Walter, an art car, at Burning Man 2014.

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Merry Pranksters

Walter, an art car built around the chassis of an old firetruck, is billed as the world's largest VW bus. Here the driver and a few curious passers-by wait out a dust storm.

The Candymen at Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Sweet Tooth

The Candymen, five enthusiastic first-timers from the Bay Area, contribute to Burning Man's "gift economy" by handing out licorice, gummy bears and other treats.

Embrace, a sculpture by Matt Schultz, at Burning Man 2014.

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Embrace

Embrace, a massive wood sculpture by Matt Schultz and crew, was one of the most talked-about art pieces — and the backdrop of countless selfies — at Burning Man 2014.

'The Voice of the Man' installation by Stephan Douris at Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Burning Salon

"The Voice of the Man," an installation by Stephan Douris, offered participants a place to relax and fill their minds with Burning Man propaganda.

Greg Barron's Monaco at Burning Man 2014.

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Ship of Fools

Bay Area artist Greg Barron built the Monaco on top of an old Winnebago. When the winds kick up, he kills the engine and lets the sails do the work of ferrying people across the playa.

'El Pulpo Mecanico' by Duane Flatmo at Burning Man 2014.

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Burning Octopus

"El Pulpo Mecanico," a fire-shooting mechanical octopus created by scrap artist Duane Flatmo, startled and delighted crowds wherever it went.

Bay Area artist Ka at Burning Man 2014.

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Free Bird

Bay Area artist and costume designer Ka danced at the temple in a red feather embodiment she called "The Phoenix."

Sunset yoga at Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

10 Crack Commandments

Sunset yoga has become a tradition at the temple, even if not all playa outfits lend themselves to challenging postures.

Dragons of Eden by Lucy Hosking at Burning Man 2014.

Scott London

Land Rover

One of the scarier mutant vehicles on the playa, Dragons of Eden, was inspired by the mythological Greek monster Hydra. It was created by Santa Cruz-based mechanical engineer and fire artist Lucy Hosking.

Uncle Ira at Burning Man 2014.

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Doll Parts

Uncle Ira, a costume designer from San Jose, fashioned a colorful smock and gold headpiece made of baby doll parts.

'Pyramid of Possibilities' by Douglas Taphouse at Burning Man 2014.

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Working at the Pyramid Tonight

"Pyramid of Possibilities," an installation by artist Douglas Taphouse, was one of the best places on the playa to take in the sunrise.

Four black crows at Burning Man 2014.

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Silent Shout

Huck, Tangle, Neville and Vanessa, four friends from Saskatchewan, participate in the annual "White Procession."

Department of Mutant Vehicles at Burning Man 2014.

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Low Rider

Duct tape, flashlights and neon letters were used to make this old Cadillac fit the requirements of Burning Man's Department of Mutant Vehicles.

Erica and Vladiel at Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Dreds High

Erica, a first-time Burner from Queensland, and Valdiel, an eighth-timer from Nevada City, California, spinning themselves dizzy.

EPOD, an interactive installation, at Burning Man 2014.

Scott London

Tree of Life

Eidolon Panspermia Ostentatia Duodenum (EPOD for short) was an interactive installation by Berkeley artists Michael Christian and Dallas Swindle.

An interactive monkey chant at Burning Man 2014.

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Monkey Business

In what’s become a longstanding tradition at Burning Man, Grady and other members of the Gamelan X camp lead an interactive monkey chant at Center Camp.

Northwest Fire Conclave performance at Burning Man 2014.

Burning Man 2014

Scott London

Pre-Burn Show

Members of the Northwest Fire Conclave put on an incendiary performance before the man goes up in flames.

The burn at Burning Man 2014.

The Man explodes in a fiery ritual on the penultimate night of Burning Man 2014.

Scott London

Fire Walk With Me

The burn – the fiery main event from which the festival takes its name – got off to an explosive start, but when the statue took over an hour to fall, many left and the party moved elsewhere.

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