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Burning Man 2021

Art Theme - "The Great Unknown"

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Burning Man 2021 canceled. Refer to "Burning Man 2021" for information about other projects and activities involving the Burning Man Project.

All is not lost, however. You can enjoy a Virtual Burning Man experience through these sources:

  • Virtual Burn 2021, featuring six amazing Virtual Burning Man Live Experiences playing host to the Burning Man community (and the Burn-curious) during Virtual Burn Week, August 22 – September 7, 2021, plus some events in July.
  • From Burning Man itself, you can have a virtual Burning Man - The Great Unknown experience. This year's Burning Man theme is an invitation to emerge from our collective isolation, to explore the unfamiliar contours of a changed world, and to reimagine ourselves, our community, and our culture in ways that might not have been possible before this period of plague and pause.

Burning Man is a huge art festival dedicated to community, self-expression, and self-reliance. The annual event is held on the open playa of the Black Rock Desert, 100 miles north of Reno. Every year, this remote and virtually uninhabited place is transformed into Black Rock City, one of Nevada's largest towns for a week. From a small gathering to burn the first Man on a San Francisco beach in 1986, Burning Man now attracts some 80,000 attendees from around the world.

Burning Man 2021 has been canceled. However, the art theme continues and for Burning Man 2021 is "The Great Unknown."

Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, NV
The Man burns. Photos © Stan White

Learn More About Burning Man

Even though I have attended Burning Man several times, I find that it's not possible to adequately describe the experience and what goes on. Burning Man is one of those things you need to see and participate in for yourself in order to understand the experience. Your experience will be unique and different from that of everyone else. If you are a virgin (someone who has never attended Burning Man), the best place to start is at the source. Here are some Burning Man website links to get you started. Once you get going, these will lead to a whole lot more.

Sunset at Burning Man, on the Black Rock Playa, Black Rock City, Nevada, NV
Sunset in Black Rock City during Burning Man. Photo © Stan White

Burning Man Around Reno

There are numerous art installations around Reno that first appeared at Burning Man. Two of the most prominent are the "BELIEVE" and "Space Whale" sculptures in City Plaza, across from City Hall and next to the Virginia Street Bridge. Others include "Portal of Evolution" at Bicentennial Park and "Pentamonium" at the Lear Theater. The "Reno Playa Art Project," features more Burning Man art. This is a great use of vacant land created by the demolition of two derelict motels. It is located in the 500 block of N. Virginia Street, across from Circus Circus.

Space Whale, Burning Man sculpture, City Plaza, Reno, Nevada
"Space Whale" was at Burning Man 2016. It is now installed in City Plaza in downtown Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

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