… which brings us to Burning Man. While some might scoff at the event’s often esoteric sensibilities, art thrives here in a way that it doesn’t anywhere else. There are (almost) no rules. The desert is a blank canvas waiting to be painted. Nora Atkinson, craft curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, describes this ethos in her TED Talk “Why art thrives at Burning Man.”
Even though the event is intended to be a respite from our daily lives, we could benefit from taking its culture of creativity back home with us.
It’s the unmitigated experimentation at this festival that has resulted in breathtaking works pushing the boundaries of audience participation, curiosity, and engagement. It’s a testament to human creativity and ingenuity – and it’s worth celebrating.
Even if you can’t attend, the pictures alone will inspire you to do something new. As the Burning Man Project states on their website, “Burning Man is a laboratory. Not every experiment works, but we’ll never know if we don’t try.” We agree. You never know what you can make until you try. And, after all, it’s the risk takers who create our culture.
Thus, we salute the artists of Burning Man and look forward to seeing what they bring to life this year. Until then, here are some highlights from last year’s “city in the desert”: