Burning Man, an annual week long salute to alternative art, self-expression and self-reliance, is best understood by its installations. Over the years Burning Man has served as the surrealist of settings to showcase some of the most mind-boggling and incredible art by talented young creatives. Artists both amateur and professional contribute often huge, startling and one-of-a-kind works that invite visitor participation.
Here are some of the coolest installations to come out of Burning Man in the last few years.
1. Neverwas Haul
Look closely...it's a 3-story Victorian house on wheels. Made from 3⁄4 recycled materials, the house contains many vintage objects. Its artist creators describe themselves as “tinkerers, gearheads, and steam bohemians who fabricate steam-powered art out of repurposed industrial detritus.” The self-propelled building has been delighting Burning Man visitors since 2006. It now can be rented for your next Victorian-themed event. Anyone due for a Steampunk wedding?
2. Black Rock Bijou
Imagine spending your day in the blazing sun and driven dust of Burning Man only to come across a curious little run-down movie theater showing black-and-white films late at night.
This is the fascination of Black Rock Bijou, a throwback small-town theater that's assembled each year outside Black Rock City. You're treated to free candy and a classic film in a cozy, retro environment.
3. The Apocalypse Theater
Your eyes do not deceive you:
The Apocalypse Theater is a puppet theater located inside a bicycle-driven stagecoach. Eight bicyclists haul the contraption around Burning Man each year. Assembled by a group of puppet and sound designers and performers, The Apocalypse Theater treats its audience to shadow and traditional puppetry. Tales range from fables to myths to retellings of end-of-the-world legends.
This Technicolor boombox is actually a pricey art project constructed on a 1987 Dodge van. Its capacity is about 50 people inside and on top, and there's a working DJ deck inside the faux tape deck. When extended, the antennae is 37 feet high.
After just one year at Burning Man, in 2011, artist Derek Wunder sold it on Craiglist for just $5200!
Have you visited Burning Man? What amazing art installations were you able to experience? Which is your favorite Burning man creation? Comment below.
Courtesy of messynessychic.com, oliverfluck.com, obtainiumworks.net, citadelarts.com.