Now held at the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada from the last Sunday in August to the first Monday in September, some 50 000 will flock to the desertover the event. Since 1995, the festival has been given a yearly theme for art at the event. To celebrate the festival kicking off this previous weekend, check out 5 works from Burning Man.

Embrace by Kevan Christiaens, Kelsey Owens, Bill Tubman, Joe Olivier, Matt Schultz and Pier Group (2014) Image: CNN Embrace by Kevan Christiaens, Kelsey Owens, Bill Tubman, Joe Olivier, Matt Schultz and Pier Group (2014) Image: CNN

For the 2014 event, The Pier Group, a collective of artists, engineers, and builders, built a 72-foot which cost a whopping $265 000. The sculpture of two figures embracing was built in order to be burned down at the festival, the concept behind this being that the work, as ash, would become part of the landscape.

Dadara’s ''bankers'' for the installation Transformoney Tree in 2012. Image: Graphics.com Dadara’s ''bankers'' for the installation Transformoney Tree in 2012. Image: Graphics.com

Dadara's Transformoney Tree was a wooden tree complete with leaves of invented currency. As part of the work, performers dressed as bankers with suits which graduated into artist's overalls.
Dadara explained: ''Wearing a suit was the most unusual costume on the playa. It made a lot of people very uncomfortable.''

''Some people said we were destroying money. The only thing we were destroying was its financial value. We were creating art.''

Bliss Dance by Marco Cochrane, 2010 Image: Matador Network Bliss Dance by Marco Cochrane, 2010
Image: Matador Network

Marco Cochrane's 40-foot sculpture of a dancing lady was made to celebrate humanity and feminine beauty.

Welcome to Fabulous, by the Bathroom Beacons Crew, 2012 Image: Vulture Welcome to Fabulous, by the Bathroom Beacons Crew, 2012
Image: Vulture

The Bathroom Beacons Crew's elaborate bathroom sign was a hit at the 2013 festival. Perhaps the most glamorous way to use the lavatory at a festival. Ever.

Mark Whitman, Anglerfish Mark Whitman, Anglerfish Image: Popular Mechanics

The festival features a Mutant Vehicles section of installations. As part of the criteria for artists creating a Mutant vehicle, the base vehicle must still be recognizable. In 2010, there were over six hundred approved Mutant Vehicles at the festival.

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