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.
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.
Jeff Allen Ricks sculpture lights up the desert at dusk.
A giant flamingo by Josh Zubkoff stands 40-feet tall as a “Welcome Home” sign for the festival attendees.
Ténéré offers shade to wanderers, adventure to climbers and transcendent community to those gathered beneath its 15,000 LED leaves.
Ed VanDyne and Rocky Mountain High Flyers Guild creation.
Mikey Lion and Jonjo Williams play on top of the Kalliope art car while the Man burns on Saturday night.
The Bounce art car shoots flames as burners dance in front of it during the Man burn on Saturday night.
The 40-foot tall “Bloom” sculpture by Peter Hazel sits in front of center camp.
Burners gather and lay under the canopy of LEDs of Christoper Schardt’ art piece.
Art Cars gather around DISTRIKT camp as the sun sets.
Sarah Herndon takes in the sunrise on an unknown art piece.
Juliya Dan bikes across the playa, the term Burners use for the dry lake bed in the Black Rock Desert.
Yoga on top of “The Tower of Not Babel” as the sun sets over the Temple in the distance.
Bob Moses plays on the Robot Heart and Mayan Warrior Art Cars at sunrise Thursday morning.
Mikey Lion plays for a packed house Tuesday night at Pile Place camp.
Sally Smithson (left) and Alex “Cookie” Heredia after a strong sunset.
Burners climb on and explore artwork.
A dragon art car shoots fire at as the sun rises over the Man in the distance.
Burners gather at Camp Ego Trip at sunset.
The Christina art car cruises across the playa as a biker follows.
Burners watch in complete silence as the Temple burns Sunday night.
Strike a pose – at sunrise.
The lamplighters walk toward the Temple at sunrise.
DJs Porkchop and RYBO play at the Monday night Welcome Home party at camp Ego Trip.
Burners climb atop the Robot Heart art car as the sun rises over the Man in the distance.
Massive art cars cruise across the playa.
Girls dance on top of the Robot Heart art car at sunrise.
Kiersten Winant and Lauren Hillstrom skip toward the “Phoenicopterus Rex,” a giant flamingo sculpture.