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Burning Man Festival 2012: Art Installations Not to Miss

Travelers Today       By    Lena Vazifdar

Updated: Aug 27, 2012 12:46 PM EDT

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Every year, Burning Man becomes a creative commune of sorts with the art installations becoming just as much a part of the experience as the no-holds-barred costumes and events that encapsulate the week long fest. Every year thousands from around the world flock to the free-spirited event with this year's coming to fruition on August 27 and ending on September 3.

Nevada's Black Rock Desert becomes Black Rock City and the desert transforms into a community of exploration and art. This year's art theme "contemplates the tendency of any being or living system to create abundant life," according to Burning Man's website. Though the theme is spread across the desert for the week, any artist is welcome to participate regardless of the theme.

The Black Rock Arts Foundation promotes art by supporting public art and providing grants to artists. Their website states," Through our Grants to Artists and Civic Arts programs, BRAF works with communities in the Bay Area and around the world to collaboratively produce innovative, relevant and pioneering works of public art that build community and empower individuals."

Here are some art installations at this years Burning Man not to miss:

Bapteme De Feu

This piece is a 24-foot diameter spinning bowl of fire made out of steel. "Like a giant, flaming spin art machine, the burning wood will leave marks on the steel "canvas," according to

Arc Harps

Artist, Jen Lewin who received the Burning Man Artist Grant, presents the Arc Harps project which is an effervescent 60-string light installation designed for interaction with the public. The lights respond to the movement of viewers and triggers sound.

The Serpent Twins

Two large mobile sculptures of 50 foot serpents will be lit up in different psychedelic colors and patterns.

City of Lights

This installation will transform Black Rock City into an interactive art installation. It will allow individuals to create their own light sculptures and add materials to the project.

Neverwas Haul: Steampunk

Burning Man's entry into Steampunk is the Neverwas Haul which is a moving castle that is self-propelled. It looks like a Victorian house and train car combined.

For more info on what to bring to Burning Man, see here.

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