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Burning Man 2016: Surreal, Otherworldly Photos

From space whales to immersive gramophones, the sculptures and statues at this year’s Black Rock City made a beautiful spectacle in the desert

Burning Man 2016 Photos

This year's Burning Man lasted from August 28th until September 5th.

Andrew Jorgensen

This year's Burning Man – a gathering of more than 70,000 people in Nevada's Black Rock Desert – had the theme of "Da Vinci's Workshop," as organizers asked participants to explore the similarities between 15th-century Florence and the 30-year-old festival in their giant, temporary city. And while the artists and enthusiasts may not have succeeded in starting their own Renaissance, they were able to create a beautiful and imaginative community, if only for a few days. Here, a look at some of the most impressive pieces and scenes from Burning Man 2016. 

Burning Man 2016 Photos

Andrew Jorgensen

La Victrola

During the day, this 25-foot gramophone played 78s of turn-of-the-century music, while at night it transformed into an immersive cabaret.

Burning Man 2016 Photos

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Lamplighters

A Burning Man tradition since 1993, the Lamplighters are volunteers who each place a dozen kerosene lamps, illuminating a path from the campground to the Man, the giant centerpiece set on fire at the end of the week.  

Burning Man 2016 Photos

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Magic Art Installation

After the festival, this aluminum structure will be displayed at a sculpture garden in Miami dedicated to the art of Burning Man. 

Burning Man 2016 Photos

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@Earth #Home

This sculpture was dubbed "@Earth #Home" by the artists because, as they roamed Earth, coming back to Burning Man was like coming home. 

Burning Man 2016 Photos

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Global Rolling

This eight-foot globe was crafted to be a reminder of the world outside the desert, and was made to be heavy enough to withstand the wind. 

Burning Man 2016 Photos

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Seeing Humanity For What It Really Is

These massive wooden gorillas were set to have wings inspired by Da Vinci's flying machine, but were impressive nonetheless without them.

Burning Man 2016 Photos

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The Temple Project

The Temple is a tradition in Black Rock City, a place to mourn and put situations to rest. This year, Burners paid tribute to David Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder and other visionaries lost in 2016.

Burning Man 2016 Photos

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The Burning Man

After a week in the desert, the participants watched the final event on Sunday night: the burning of the 43-foot man at the center of their temporary metropolis. 

Burning Man 2016 Photos

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Coming to a Close

After seven days in the desert, Black Rock City is dismantled and everyone goes back to their lives outside of Burning Man. 

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