This giant praying mantis was one of many art works featured at Burning Man 2014.
The praying mantis appeared out of a dust storm with wings flapping. He was one big guy. Think humongous. Think scary. Peggy and I had to go check him out. It was art— and art is our primary reason for attending Burning Man.
When you arrive at Burning Man, the greeters give you a map that shows where most of the art is. The 2014 art map showed 233 installations scattered across the Playa and throughout Black Rock City. Since weather had delayed us by two days, there was no way we could see it all. So we decided to go “random.” We would wander around and check out whatever caught our attention. Following are a few examples.
Much of Burning Man art is interactive. This bird immediately attracted Peggy. She climbed up the ramp and into its stomach. The bird’s wings were designed to be raised or lowered by pedal power. Peggy went to work. A crowd urged her on.
The geometric lines of this sculpture caught my attention.
Shooting from a different angle, I caught the Man in the background.
Much art at Burning Man incorporates a sense of humor. I called this guy Big Ears. He was wired for sound. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
Love is big at Burning Man. (grin) The Embrace sculpture can be seen in the distance through the E.
Peggy caught this interesting reverse perspective on the love letters. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
The big O in Love was hard to resist.
This sculpture reminded me of a Hollywood set piece.
Burners love any sculpture you can climb. Often, as in this case, climbing is encouraged.
Wind operated this kinetic sculpture.
These cubes created the illusion of climbing far into the sky. (Photo by Don Green.)
For the past several years, strange alien creatures have been found far out on the Playa near the perimeter fence.
NEXT BLOG: Wandering around Black Rock City.