20 insane structures built at Burning Man through the years

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Burning Man, the wild, dusty arts and culture festival that takes over the Nevada desert at the end of each summer, has become a cultural phenomenon since it began in San Francisco in 1986.

It moved to the Black Rock Desert in 1990, and attendance has grown exponentially since then – last year’s event boasted an approximate attendance of 70,000. Burning Man 2016, which wrapped up September 5, is estimated to have been equally huge.

Though the festival has gained a reputation for its party culture, one of Burning Man’s mainstays is the incredible artwork that festival goers can find while wandering around. Teams spend months and even years designing, preparing, and raising funds for their projects. From elaborate temples to massive structures to illuminated domes, Burning Man is an architectural feast for the eyes.

Take a look at the stunning works of design and construction that have been created through the years.


Temple of Stars (2004)

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By David Best and The Temple Crew
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Big Rig Jig (2007)

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by Mike Ross
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Jesse Wagstaff/Flickr

Basura Sagrada (2008)

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By Shrine, Tucker and the Basura Sagrada Collaboratory
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Alan Turkus/Flickr

Fire of Fires (2009)

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By David Umlas, Marrilee Ratcliff, and the Community Art Makers
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7263255/Flickr

Aeolian Pyrophonic Hall & Whispering Wall (2010)

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By Capra J’neva & Crew
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Jennifer Morrow/Flickr

The Temple of Transition (2011)

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By Chris Hankins, Diarmaid Horkan and Ian Beaverstock and the International Arts Mega Crew
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Ratha Grimes/Flickr

Opal Essence (2012)

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Idaho CORE project
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Hawaii Savvy/Flickr

Temple of Whollyness (2013)

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By Gregg Fleishman, Melissa Barron, Lightning Clearwater III and The Connection Crew
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vjhoming/Flickr

Church Trap (2013)

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By Rebekah Waites
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Cory Doctorow/Flickr

Photo Chapel (2013)

#photochapel #michaelgarlington1 #michaelgarlington #burningman2013

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By Michael Garlington


The Lost Tea Party (2014)

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By Wreckage International
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Temple of Grace (2014)

Temple of Grace

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By David Best and the temple crew


Arbour (2015)

#Arbour night times, #sansfiltre courtesy of @francescomontaguti

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By Josh Haywood


The Temple of Promise (2015)

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By The Dreamers Guild
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Tomas Loewy/Amy Chan

Totem Of Confessions (2015)

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By Michael Garlington
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Tomas Loewy/Amy Chan

Blunderwood Portable (2015)

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By the Cat and the Cockroach Collective
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Tomas Loewy/Amy Chan

Hybycozo – Deep Thought (2015)

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Tomas Loewy/Amy Chan

#Hybycozo Deep Thought at #burningman 🙂

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By Yelena Filipchuk & Serge Beaulieu


Mazu Goddess of the Empty Sea (2015)

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Tomas Loewy/Amy Chan

The Black Rock Lighthouse Service (2016)

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By Tom Lee, Max Poynton, Dave Keane and others
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Jim Urquhart/Reuters

The Temple Project (2016)

By David Best and The Temple Crew