It’s already Day Two of Burning Man 2022, and thanks to a bunch of burners bringing along their beloved Starlink satellite internet sets, they’re online and we can see what’s been built in Black Rock City this year.
It’s that time of year! Time to resurrect that fraudulent claim that San Francisco empties out during Burning Man, as the annual art event officially began at midnight Sunday and is now on Day Two. If you’re reading this, you’re probably not on the dusty playa of the Black Rock Desert.
But we scoured social media to find posts of the best art projects and such. So tune in, leave hits and scroll down for the best stuff from Burning Man 2022 we’ve seen posted on social media.
THIS YEAR’S BURNING MAN
There he/she/they is, the Burning Man image for 2022! It’s green with some yellow and blue highlights, and as usual has a nebulous connection to whatever the nebulous theme of the year is (This year’s theme is “Waking Dreams”).
“To represent sleeping dreams, the ornament (the five spars radiating from the Man’s pelvis) is covered with softly glowing rings depicting the phases of the moon,” according to an artist’s statement. “Hovering above a sea of neon light, undulating in the moon’s tides, these discs represent the deep waters of the unconscious realm.”
THE BURNING MAN WEBCAST
For pistons stuck at home, the Burning Man webcast is your best bet for a taste of that alkaline substance. The broadcast goes all week, sometimes with narration, and of course they will air the Burn, which will be around 9pm on Sunday night.
This year, the Temple chooses to be called The Empyrean Temple, and was designed by Colorado-based architect Laurence Renzo Verbeck. And folks, this year the Paiute Tribe and Burning Man Project are once again asking that you please not place cremated human remains in the Temple grounds.
One of the more celebrated new art installations this year appears to be Gaia by sculptor Marco Cochrane, whose work you’ve seen via many nude woman sculptures installed around the Bay Area. You can see a version of the full build here, and a partially completed version of the warehouse here.
Eric Coolidge’s Autumn Spire is one of the 2022 Burning Man Honoraria installations (meaning they received a grant from Burning Man to build it). You can see it in this photo set of Burning Man 2022 images, though you’ll have to click through a few to get to this one.
THIS NICE COOL BIKE REST STOP
That same Instagram Burning Man photo set shows us a nice place to rest on your bike ride, complete with benches.
DANCING SKELETON STATUETTE
We don’t know the name of the artists of this work, but these dancing skeleton sculptures are a hit for good reason.
THE SILVER STATUES
The kids’ favorite Instagram trap at this year’s Burn seems to be these sets of linked silver statues (there are at least two sets), where couples can take pictures and everyone says “Hey, we’re posing just like them!”
PEOPLE BRING GODDAMNED STARLINK SATELLITE KITS
There’s definitely overlap between Burning Man fandom and Elon Musk fandom, and heck, yes, the brothers make a show of bringing their Starlinks. Would anyone drive their Tesla out there and let it get ravaged by the elements? I bet someone does!
RIP CENTER CAMP CAFE
We end with what is not at Burning Man this year, the coffee sales at Center Camp Cafe. According to the Burning Man Project, “coffee trading in the middle of our decommodified city has been a point of ongoing debate for years. Experimenting with zero coffee sales in 2022 is a tangible example of Burning Man Project’s commitment to our values.” But some of the early Burners built the cafe replica seen above, and you have to believe they set it on fire soon after.
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Top image: @JohnKuras via Twitter