Burning Man

Paul Boger

Over the past several years, Burning Man as an event has faced criticism. Some believe that the festival has moved too far beyond its roots as a place for artists to display their work.  Or where members of the “counterculture” can find support. They argue that it’s become too corporate, a playground for the rich. Others, though, feel like the event is moving in a more sustainable direction.

Paul Boger

The art that's out on the playa in Black Rock City is an integral part of Burning Man. This year, artists from around the world have constructed pieces that run the gamut from large to small, including wood structures, paintings, and more. Our reporter Paul Boger spoke with Anabel Romero from Los Angeles who is part of a crew that has created a large wooden structure called Aluna as well as Harvey Branscomb of Colorado, who helped bring a piece called the Mammoth Art Car to Nevada.

Christopher Michel

People from around the globe will descend upon Northern Nevada this weekend to take part in one of the largest arts and cultural events in the country -- Burning Man.

Located about two hours north of Reno in the Black Rock Desert, the festival has become one of the largest cultural events in the nation. And this year it's expected to draw an estimated 70,000 people to Northern Nevada. But what is the impact of the event, and what can we expect to see this year?

Reno Public Radio reached out to the Reno Gazette Journal 's Burning Man Reporter Jenny Kane to get the details

Kaitlin Godbey / Travel Nevada

A 200-mile trail from Reno to Gerlach is being proposed to highlight Washoe County’s cultural, historic, and artistic elements. With $75,000 in grant funds from the the National Endowment for the Arts, Washoe County, working with Burning Man, envisions the trail to pass through Reno-Sparks, small towns, and tribal lands into Gerlach.

Joe Sale Photography

Reno is becoming the new home for a large, so-called Space Whale sculpture. Our News Director Michelle Billman chatted with contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more.

The sculpture is a life-size representation of a humpback whale mother and her calf. There were roughly 1,700 individual glass panels installed in this ambitious piece of public art.

The project is paid for out of the city’s portion of room tax funds that go into the city’s arts budget. 

ThisisReno.com

More Burning Man art is coming to the Biggest Little City. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno spoke with two of the artists contributing to the new Playa Art Park, which recently held it’s opening reception.

A drill is going through thin stainless steel to build a sculpture called Imago. The artist is Kirsten Berg, who lives part of the year in Southeast Asia but comes to Reno each year for Burning Man.

Reno Gateway Project

Art from the playa will soon take up residence in downtown Reno within a newly vacated lot on Virginia Street. Our reporter Bob Conrad has the story.

Two motels were recently demolished at that location, and the Reno City Council approved this week a proposal to turn the parcel into a temporary sculpture park.

City staff have been working with an arts nonprofit to place the Burning Man art at a city location, and the lot at 520 North Virginia Street was chosen after the motels were demolished.

Alexa Ard

Burning Man is over for another year and a statewide collaborative art exhibit is on display at the Nevada Museum of Art. To make sense of all these art events, Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick recently sat down with the founder of Reno’s Arts and Culture Commission, Christine Fey.

close-up image of stained glass
Noah Glick

The 30th annual Burning Man festival kicks off Sunday, bringing with it new, immersive art installations. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick dropped by a local maker space to see what artists are bringing to the playa.

Ratha Grimes, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

More than 70,000 people are expected to make a pilgrimage to the Black Rock Desert for the annual Burning Man arts festival at the end of the month. The week-long event is celebrating its 30th year

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