PHOTOS: Step Onto The Playa

Sep 1, 2017

The Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert attracts 70,000 people each year. Our reporter Paul Boger is there and took these photos of the artwork on the playa.

Art on the Playa comes in many shapes and sizes. This particular piece is marking its second year at Burning Man. Shaped like an old Victrola Record Player, this piece out on the deep playa plays music from the 20's and 30's through the day and turns into a rave at night.
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A series of pieces out on the playa.
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Not all art is large and made of metal or wood. This smaller piece is made entirely of papier–mâché.
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Art cars are also a major player in the art scene at Burning Man. This particular vehicle is a foot-pedal operated monstrosity named Ma'am the Mammoth. It's been a regular in Black Rock City for the past 12 years, and every year it's taken apart and resurrected for the event.
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Art cars are required to register with Burning Man officials at the DMV -- Department of Mutant Vehicles. These vehicles, which are small in comparison to some in Black Rock City, are waiting for their registration.
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Dust storms are another common sight. For the most part Burners just put a mask over their mouth and go about their day, but sometimes the storms can be bad enough that all activity grinds to a halt. Photographed is our reporter, Paul Boger, snapping a quick picture showing how intense the storms can be.
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After a brief thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon, sunset provided an amazing scene on Razorback Mountain to the east of Black Rock City.
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The infamous "Man." The Man is housed in the Temple of the Golden Spike, a shrine marking the exact center of Black Rock City. The spike is always the first thing placed in the playa in the build-up to Burning Man.
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The Man...
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