Burning Man is upon us once again, but the organizers of this year's annual festival were determined to push this year's art installations farther than they'd ever gone before!


Do you like giant orbs? Than you'll love the Orb, designed by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange. A recent Indiegogo campaign raised $34,251 for this installation, which is suppose to "blend" into the dessert and and become "The a tribute to Mother Earth and human expression."

No matter where you stand on the playa, the Orb will be reflecting the festival right back at you.


The Orb was constructed using "30 tons of steel, welded over 1,000 hours, along with 1,500 hours of sewing of metallic fabric to create its 21,500-square-foot surface."




Another highlight of the festival is the Temple Galaxia 2018, designed by French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani. This massive, traversable structure is made out of roughly 2,400 support beams transported into the middle of the dessert to form "a funnel shape created by the intersection of twenty circles as they rotate around a center point, generating a mathematical graph that looks like a vortex from above."

Hanging from the inside of the structure is a chandelier of giant, 3D-printed tears. The artist was inspired to create the Galaxia 2018 after being moved to tears by a temple from past years.




Temples such as this one are always a big hit at Burning Man.



The Temple was also at least partially funded by crowds eager to see it!


Would it even be Burning Man without a giant burning man though? Of course not! This year's man is a bit special, however: it is the last one Burning Man's cofounder Larry Harvey had the chance to work on before he passed away in April 2018. Though it hasn't been announced how tall the man is, the festival claims he has "more glass than ever and is being craned the furthest distance."

The man won't burn until Tuesday, September 4, to mark the end of the event. In the meantime, however, Burning Man is running a livestream so even those far away from the dessert can experience the excitement of the festival.

We'll see all you art fans at the festival!





H/T - Fast Company, My Modern Met

Photo by Jonathan Roger on Unsplash

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