The Best of Burning Man: The Top Ten Series (1)… Monumental Art

Burning Man Fantasy sculpture

Monumental sculptures, some you can climb on, are among the most popular art works at Burning Man.

I am going to be on the road for the next few weeks, so I decided to produce several blogs that might be of interest to my readers but would be easy for me to do: Voila—The Best Of Burning Man series! I’ve now been to Burning Man for ten years starting in 2004 (and will be going again in 2015, assuming I get two tickets and a vehicle pass). Each blog will feature a top ten category such as top ten sculptures, mutant vehicles, etc.

Now, this is important. 1) These are from my perspective. Other people will have different points of view. 2) I never see everything that is available to see at Burning Man. There is simply too much. So it’s quite possible that I have missed some really great things. My apologies. 3) I missed 2011. 4) These photos are not in order of choice. How could I choose? (Grin)

Basically, this series will include a brief introduction and then my top ten choices. There may be captions on my photos, or not. Finally, while Peggy and I have taken the majority of these photos, I have also included photos from Tom Lovering, Beth Lovering, Don Green, and Ken Lake… all members of our ‘tribe,’ and friends.

Series 1: Monumental Sculptures

There is so much great art at Burning Man that selecting 10 would be impossible without some further breakdowns. So I am going to start with Really Big Sculptures. My criteria here is to feature sculptures that are at least 20 feet tall (with one exception). My top ten:

Fantasy sculpture at Burning Man.

A close up of the art work shown above. I call it Fantasy.

Burning Man sailing ship sunk in sand

This massive sailing ship was sunk half in the sand.

The classic female nude has always been a favorite subject of artists. This beautiful woman was over 50 feet tall.

The classic female nude has always been a favorite subject of artists. This beautiful woman was over 50 feet tall.

Nude sculpture at Burning Man reaches for the sky.

Another Burning Man classic by the same artist.

Female nude sculpture at Burning Man lit up at night.

The same sculpture at night. The colors were constantly changing.

Nude sculpture celebrates the break of day at Burning Man.

This beauty was featured during my earlier years at Burning Man. Her hair was made from chains and fire shot out of her hands.

These two oil tankers welded together represented one of Burning Man's environmental themes.

These two oil tankers welded together represented one of Burning Man’s pro-environmental themes.

This monumental couple was featured at Burning Man in 2014. It would later be burned.

This monumental couple was featured at Burning Man in 2014. It would later be burned.

People were invited to rest in the belly of this coyote.

People were invited to rest in the belly of this coyote that was howling at the moon and came with a wire brush tail.

A what's-it sculpture stood on tip toes.

A what’s-it sculpture stood on tip toes.

What this dragon curled around its egg lacked in height, she made up in length. And yes, she was a fire breathing dragon, as we discovered at night.

What this dragon curled around its egg lacked in height, she made up in length. And yes, she was a fire breathing dragon, as we discovered at night.

Another view. NEXT POST: I will introduce some smaller sculptures at Burning Man.

Another view. NEXT POST: Part 2 of my best of ten series: Smaller sculptures.

 

 

 

29 comments on “The Best of Burning Man: The Top Ten Series (1)… Monumental Art

    • Familiar to you by now, AC, since you have been following me for a while. Having been to Burning Man 10 times, and having worked with and reviewed my photos numerous times, the still amazes me. –Curt

  1. “Fantasy” looks so delicate — like cut paper. I think it’s my favorite, probably because it reminds me of the cut paper designs we used to do in school. Those were at the other end of the scale, but they’re still related to this beauty.

    The one I don’t like is the black “what’s it” standing on its toes. It looks altogether too much like a big spider.

    • I thought of a spider as well, Linda. But it was a tiptoeing spider. 🙂 Fantasy (my name for it) was beautiful. I hadn’t thought of the paper cutting comparison but it is a good one. I think children love that because they can randomly snip away (at lest that was my approach) and come out with something beautiful, like magic… or fantasy. –Curt

  2. These are simply astonishingly good. The photos and the art. I’m new to following you, so it’s a treat to see the photos from previous years. The very last photo is great, and helped me visualize the dragon.

  3. I continue to be amazed at this. I just thought Burning Man was a sort of party/festival capped off by a giant bonfire. I had no idea this kind of elaborate artwork was there. Thanks for sharing.

    • It truly was Koji. I visited the warehouse in Reno where it was made a couple of days ago. It is called the Generator and is filled with tools and everything else required to produce art. It is open for all artists and very impressive. I am going to do a blog on it. –Curt

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