50 Stunning Examples of Design at Burning Man 2015

By on May 2, 2016 in Inspiration
50 Stunning Examples of Design at Burning Man 2015

It’s a creative circus, a hub of inspiration, the ultimate playground for adults and children alike. Burning Man is a gathering of more than 60K people for seven days in an inhospitable but gorgeous Nevada desert. The result is Black Rock City: a temporary metropolis built by its inhabitants, and broken down a week later, leaving no trace.

It’s a bizarre concept for some to swallow, but anyone who has been (or seen the pictures) can tell you it’s downright beautiful. The art, the fashion, even the typography showcases the creative talent roaming the Playa. It’s a designer’s paradise!

Here we bring you 50 brilliant examples of design at Burning Man, pulled right from the event’s own dwellers. Have a Burning Man photo to share? Leave the link in the comments!

Header background photo by Max Reed Photography

Artistic Design

Burning Man is a meeting of some of the world’s most creative minds, and the art that ensues is as imaginative as it is intricate. Not every piece answers the “why” or “how”, but the “what” is guaranteed to turn heads.

Brainchild from #MichaelChristian • art of #burningman2015 • #BlackRockCity #BurningMan

A photo posted by Carlo Altamirano (@dunadan77) on Sep 10, 2015 at 9:52pm PDT

. you'll get mixed up, of course as you already know. you'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.

A photo posted by William Praniski (@praniski) on Sep 14, 2015 at 3:21pm PDT

The gorgeous #Bixi909 strolling through the Playa. Photo by the amazing @m2collective

A photo posted by Gaby Izarra (@gaby_izarra) on Sep 15, 2015 at 11:37am PDT

Another gorgeous shot by @m2collective #burningman #burningman2015

A photo posted by Gaby Izarra (@gaby_izarra) on Sep 15, 2015 at 11:40am PDT

#burningman #burningman2015 photo by @m2collective

A photo posted by Gaby Izarra (@gaby_izarra) on Sep 15, 2015 at 11:42am PDT

How an attention whore plays hide and seek. #BurningMan @hybycozo

A photo posted by Kyle Krieger (@kylekriegerhair) on Sep 10, 2015 at 9:22am PDT

A photo posted by @kpopnevastop on Sep 10, 2015 at 4:16pm PDT

This photo is dedicated to my life partner, Cobra Rose (@thepolecobra) You were not with me in the dust physically, but I found you in metal form. This art piece represents so much in our lives right now, seeing it out there was such a warm darkness over me. You make my life entirely full, and you spark every light in my mind, all with an intimacy so private and genuine. My true cherry on top. Its good to be us. 666 babe, I love you. ❤💀❤💀❤ Amazing Photo by // Intimate raw moment shared w: @bleepbloopbass Black Hooded Top by Buddhaful Pants by VERSACE #serpent #mother #love #snake #cobra #life #death #darkness #ashes #burningman #playa #artinstallation #photo #dust #nevada #magic #witches #satanic #demonic #creepygirlsRus #ThePoleCobra #KikiDSeattle #DreamTream #forever

A photo posted by 👽 Kiki 'Squeeki' DeVille 👽 (@kikidseattle) on Sep 10, 2015 at 10:20pm PDT

I see you bunny man 🐇😍👌🏼 #burningman #burningman2015 #artcar #bunny

A photo posted by CARISSA ADAM // DAMES N CHAINS (@meatforaqueen) on Sep 14, 2015 at 5:43pm PDT

Architecture

The Man and the Temple are always high on the list of impressive architecture at Burning Man, but the Playa is strewn with awe-inspiring structures. Some of these projects, from conceptualization to execution, are in the works for months or even years ahead of time.

,,I want to ride my bicycle ,,- Queen #burningman

A photo posted by Evgeny (@evgeny.aleksandrovich) on Sep 10, 2015 at 9:16am PDT

#burningman

A photo posted by Evgeny (@evgeny.aleksandrovich) on Sep 10, 2015 at 9:17am PDT

#burningman2015 #playaart #burningman #blackrockcity #carnivalofmirrors

A photo posted by Cheryl Ferrufino (@ceepeezi) on Sep 15, 2015 at 7:47am PDT

Aerial class, Burning man day activity #burningman #burningman2015 #aerialclass #aerial

A photo posted by @violettept on Sep 9, 2015 at 7:59pm PDT

Fashion Design

Your Playa personality is defined not only by your actions, but also by what you wear. Leather, frills and jewels: no accessory is too outrageous. It’s a matter of ultimate self-expression. The fashion at Burning Man is one of the festival’s most breathtaking elements.

A #Burningman #whiteout #wedding at camp #merkabah this year #artcar @burningmanusa @burningman #truelove #playa #playalife

A photo posted by Justin Baraglia (@superfoodsdude) on Sep 10, 2015 at 8:03pm PDT

Beauty in the desert... #burningman #burningmanusa #girl #beauty #BM #playa #bm2015

A photo posted by Meg Laubscher (@pixbymeg) on Sep 9, 2015 at 8:07pm PDT

Wandering, but not lost. #burningman2015 #burningman #playa #blackrockcity #moonwalkmission

A photo posted by Javier Lopez (@javiofc) on Sep 9, 2015 at 9:25pm PDT

Sunset at the playa #burningman2015 #blackrockcity #sunset #burningmanusa Photo by @jamenpercy

A photo posted by Natalette (@natalettedesign) on Sep 10, 2015 at 10:50pm PDT

Lighting Design

The middle of nowhere gets pretty dark at nightfall, but the Playa is teeming with light. Colorful LEDs animate the night, and provide quite the spectacle.

In deep playa #burningman

A photo posted by Evgeny (@evgeny.aleksandrovich) on Sep 11, 2015 at 9:10am PDT

Who needs a filter when you have colours like this. #wheresharri #burningman

A photo posted by Where's Harri (@wheresharri) on Sep 10, 2015 at 11:44am PDT

The Life Cube Project by Scott Cohen @burningman #burningman #bm2015

A photo posted by Curtis Simmons (@curtissimmons) on Sep 10, 2015 at 3:14pm PDT

Has it really been 5 straight days in default world? #TakeMeBack --------------------------------------- #SightsNSoundsWithSteph

A photo posted by Stephanie Rosa (@sightsnsoundswithsteph) on Sep 11, 2015 at 8:40am PDT

Burning Man art car...incredible #burningman

A photo posted by Nick Watson (@nickwatsondj) on Sep 11, 2015 at 7:44am PDT

Photo by @m2collective #burningman #burningman2015

A photo posted by Gaby Izarra (@gaby_izarra) on Sep 15, 2015 at 12:17pm PDT

Typography

Burning Man-goers love to sprinkle messages throughout the Playa, and what better way to do that than with gorgeous typography? Whether enlightening or just silly, typography on the Playa gives the community a voice.

Welcome to the FreakShow! #burningman #burningman2015 #freakshow #playalife

A photo posted by Mark Tagwalan (@marqsish) on Sep 15, 2015 at 8:01am PDT

Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher ❤️ ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Getaway Girls just returned from a week at Burning Man! Instead of filming, we spent the week connecting with others, experiencing, spreading and sharing joy, and disconnecting from technology. It was absolute magic! 🙌🏻✨ ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Have a great weekend everyone! xo @theblondeabroad & @court_scott 👯

A photo posted by The Getaway Girls (@getawaygirlstv) on Sep 11, 2015 at 11:01am PDT

#burningman#shift#changeeberything

A photo posted by @happygnome66 on Sep 10, 2015 at 7:10pm PDT

good place to find out. #burningman2015 #campwalter

A photo posted by Randy Elia (@braingiblets) on Sep 14, 2015 at 6:47pm PDT

Wish you were there. 😋

A photo posted by Gaby Izarra (@gaby_izarra) on Sep 15, 2015 at 12:35pm PDT


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