See the Best Art Installations At Burning Man in the Nevada Desert

This is the best of Black Rock City.

Image: Courtesy Instagram.

A lot of things probably come to mind when you think of Burning Man—outrageous get-ups, all-night parties, and mind-altering substances are probably are on the list, as is the millennial Silicon Valley set that is notorious for attending the annual bacchanal. But what you may be forgetting is that a lot of people make the pilgrimage to the playa in the name of art.

Massive sculptures and immersive installations are erected in Black Rock City at the beginning of the festival, which began on August 30 and lasts until September 7, and will be gone without a trace by the end.

The artworks typically have a decidedly spiritual, psychedelic vibe, and are often illuminated by LED bulbs come nightfall. But while it’s a far cry from your typical art world junket (though arguably no less over the top than, say, Art Basel in Miami Beach), we think the resulting Instagram images are pretty incredible.

The Woman at sunrise #BurningManUSA #burners #burningman #burningmanart #burningman2015

A photo posted by Andrea Welding Cleghorn📷👸👑💋👰🎩🔥 (@andrea_cleghorn) on

The Temple of Promise at sunrise!!! #BurningManUSA #burners #burningman #burningmanart #burningman2015

A photo posted by Andrea Welding Cleghorn📷👸👑💋👰🎩🔥 (@andrea_cleghorn) on

#burningman #burningman2015 #blackrockcity #art #sculpture

A photo posted by Ashley Scorpio (@ashleyscorpio) on

#burningman #burningman2015 #blackrockcity #art #sculpture

A photo posted by Ashley Scorpio (@ashleyscorpio) on

The temple…. Powerful here… 🌌 #burningman

A photo posted by #TheRollpack™ 🔮 (@therollpack) on

@mars_1_ going big for #BurningMan

A photo posted by Upper Playground (@upperplayground) on

Hard to find a church r'ound these parts… ✨🌌✨ #burningman

A photo posted by #TheRollpack™ 🔮 (@therollpack) on

@gbk.photos @cozodesign #FurtherFuture #burningmanart

A photo posted by Shannon Shiang (@shannonshiang) on

Ball of Mirrors!!! #BurningManUSA #burners #burningman #burningmanart #burningman2015

A photo posted by Andrea Welding Cleghorn📷👸👑💋👰🎩🔥 (@andrea_cleghorn) on

This is the biggest typewriter I've EVER SEEN!!! #BurningManUSA #burners #burningman #burningmanart #burningman2015

A photo posted by Andrea Welding Cleghorn📷👸👑💋👰🎩🔥 (@andrea_cleghorn) on

There he is!!! The MAN in all his glory!!! #BurningManUSA #burners ##burningman #burningmanart #burningman2015

A photo posted by Andrea Welding Cleghorn📷👸👑💋👰🎩🔥 (@andrea_cleghorn) on

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