Before Monday’s rainstorm, before gates opened for attendees, over 10,000 makers and artists plus materials and heavy equipment had already descended on Nevada’s Black Rock desert for the build.
“Early arrival” passes are granted to the people who come and install the content that makes Burning Man so famous. You really have to be a maker to be there before the gates open—either working on an Honararium project or on your approved, larger scale theme camp or prepping your art car.
This is the time that feels like Burning Man 20 years ago: people working together, enjoying teamwork and new friends and being outside, assembling and rigging projects that have been in the planning for months.
Making is the real origin story of Burning Man. And it was everywhere in evidence last weekend on the playa: ingenuity, planning, resourcefulness, focus, fabrication, collaboration, community.
Nailing up the bark on the inside chambers of Embrace
Most big installs build a temporary site camp and kitchen just for the build
Assembling John Zenzius' Mothership art car
Wrapping the LED-laden SeaGrass
Burning Man metal shop even has an Edwards ironworker
Trench digger for burying electrical cable
Power distribution via trench
Last minute tweaking by artist Christian Ristow on Fledgling
Finishing touches for Media Mecca camp facade
The 2014 Burning Man temple, this year by David Best
60% of the Temple materials are cast-offs from a Mesa Boogie speaker factory
Temple artist David Best with artist Karen Cusolito, who according to Best, contributed game-saving design solutions
Temple lead Jules Mancilla has worked 3 temple builds, 2 of which were by David Best
Breathtaking dome view, even with a crane instead of the cupola
Temple crew lunch meeting led by David Best
Temple crew hearing Best talk through the afternoon plan
Temple architect leads the way (there were 3—and 4 engineers)
Digital fabrication fundamental to Temple design—some services donated by Autodesk at their Pier 9 shop in San Francisco
Inside the dome workshop box truck—domes were molded and covered in real gold leaf
Well known playa artists Jon Sarriguarte and Kyrsten Mate didn't bring their own big art this year, but instead pitched in on Temple fabrication in Oakland, and then assembly in the desert
Ralf Muehlen, master of the network at Burning Man network (note map)
Artist David Boyer stepping back to capture "Getting Your Bearings" before the dust and the handprints
Finishing touches at Eternal Return, Peter Hudson's newest zoetrope
Waiting in line at the DMV (Department of Mutant Vehicles)
DPW (Department of Public Works) vehicle repair at the metal shop
Theme camp tent erection: 11 a.m.
Theme camp tent erection: 3 p.m.
Forklifts and cranes are critical