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Monday, September 10, 2012

Burning Man Art 2012: Kick-Ass, Inspiring, and Perplexing

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM


Burning Man has a reputation for being a hippie, sexy drug fest (much like San Francisco does), and because of that, it's easy to forget about the truly amazing art work that comes through Black Rock City (Some of it never to return). Below, we recognize the craftsmanship, sweat, artistry, and what-the-fuck-ness of this year's Burning Man art. Want more? Visit our slideshow. Want to skip the art and just look at the sexy people? You're in luck.

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This appears to be a gigantic mobile with dangling baby lanterns. The construction is impressive in and of itself, but the emotion and vulnerability that it inspires is what keeps us transfixed.


This is one class act balancing act.


A miniature replica of American institutions. The building on the left looks like Bank of America. Then there's the anarchist "smash the state" graffiti. But our favorite part is the Ghostbusters-esque watch dog with glowing, penetrating eyes and jagged frame. 


If Alice in Wonderland threw a tea party at Burning Man, it would definitely be here. Look at the detail on this thing! It's so fragile-seeming, yet sturdy. 


We found Nemo!


This was mostly included because it's beautiful framed, and perhaps because we're nostalgic for the days of college dorm decorating.

Half Medusa, half Venus de Milo, this sculpture is as haunting as it is fleeting. And like Medusa's stone-turning gaze, we find it difficult to look away.


Who wouldn't want to party on a ginormous toilet? We're number one, and two!


Where do artists dream these up? This looks both ancient and modern. Something found on Star Trek or at the bottom of the ocean. It also presents the illusion of hovering? We love it all.


We can't tell what's dangling from this constructed tree, but we hope it involves the fates of the people in that Oregon Trail-like covered wagon to the left.


Are these disembodied/buried body parts a comment on our fractured sense of self? How to create community from fragments? We don't know. We're into it though. Life is fishy.


No cock-blocking allowed


We love everything about this.


A reminder to think outside ourselves and our self-interests.


Beam us up, Scotty. We don't want to come home.

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