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Burning Man: See Surreal Sculptures, Landscapes From Annual Festival

Thousands of artists and free-spirits combine for a desert spectacle full of fire, dust, metal and magic

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Juliya Dan poses on the "playa" after a strong dust storm.

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Nevada’s Black Rock Desert glowed neon after thousands of “Burners” set up camp in the sprawl for the 31st annual Burning Man gathering. This year’s theme, “Radical Ritual,” gave artists free rein to populate their temporary city with assorted shrines, temples and icons of their own designs. Check out dazzling, transcendent scenes from last weekend’s festivities with this gallery of photos by Andrew Jorgensen. 

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‘Step Forward’

Carros de Foc and Miguel Angel Martin Bordera’s giant teenage girl puppet sculpture, titled “Step Forward,” walks and talks, interacting with Burning Man’s participants to learn from them – and to, tenderly, teach them her values.

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‘Phoenicopterus Rex’

A giant flamingo by Josh Zubkoff stands 40-feet tall as a “Welcome Home” sign for the festival attendees.

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LED Leaves

Ténéré offers shade to wanderers, adventure to climbers and transcendent community to those gathered beneath its 15,000 LED leaves.

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Kalliope Art Car

Mikey Lion and Jonjo Williams play on top of the Kalliope art car while the Man burns on Saturday night.

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Flame Shooter

The Bounce art car shoots flames as burners dance in front of it during the Man burn on Saturday night.

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Biking Across the ‘Playa’

Juliya Dan bikes across the playa, the term Burners use for the dry lake bed in the Black Rock Desert.

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‘Tower of Not Babel’

Yoga on top of “The Tower of Not Babel” as the sun sets over the Temple in the distance. 

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Sand Skippers

Kiersten Winant and Lauren Hillstrom skip toward the “Phoenicopterus Rex,” a giant flamingo sculpture.

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