Tens of thousands of tech stars, celebrities, hippies, wannabes and general festival enthusiasts have gathered in the Nevada desert for Burning Man, an annual festival focused on the construction of a temporary village dedicated to art and community. Attendees are invited to create performances, structures and other art pieces, which rise alongside the works that the festival commissions annually from artists and builders.
For this, the 30th edition of Burning Man, organizers chose “da Vinci’s Workshop” as the theme, asking its commissioned creators to draw inspiration from the “historic convergence of inspired artistry, technical innovation and enlightened patronage” that defined the Italian Renaissance. The result? Dozens of strange, beautiful, messy and impressive installations spread across the festival grounds, including these, Azure‘s favourites.
1 Tangential Dreams by Arthur Mamou-Mani
This climbable wooden tower twists and turns nine metres up into the desert air. Approximately 1,000 slim wood tangents are stacked and rotated, giving the form its undulating shape. Strips of multicoloured LEDs turn the tower into a lightshow once the sun sets. The creators drew inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man and his helicoid inventions.
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2 Lord Snort by Bryan Tedrick
This may be the most Instagrammable of the installations at Burning Man 2016. California sculptor Bryan Tedrick, whom Burning Man has commissioned for previous festivals, designed the 20,000-pound metal boar to be both looked at and ridden. Standing six metres high and measuring nine metres long, the pig is balanced on a shaft that allows it to spin around. Tedrick used both scrap and recycled steel to construct the kinetic installation, which was shipped to the festival in pieces and reassembled on site.
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3 Heart of Gold by HYBYCOZO
This sculpture garden of metal and acrylic plays with geometry, light, and shadow. Inspired by da Vinci’s polyhedron drawings, the three multifaceted installations use rhombic dodecahedrons and triactohedrons to create multiple perspectives and surfaces, which reflect and bounce sunlight into the surrounding desert.