• Burning Man Through the Years

    Burning Man participants greet the dawn near the 120-foot tall Temple of Transition, by Chris Hankins, Diarmaid Horkan and the International Art Megacrew. The week-long Burning Man Festival took place in the Nevada desert from Aug. 29 through Sept. 5. The Burning Man phenomenon started 25 years ago with an eight-foot structure burning on a beach in California around the summer solstice.
  • Burning Man Through the Years

    Crowds gather to watch a fire performance at the Flaming Lotus Girls' Tympani Lambada.
  • Burning Man Through the Years

    The Man is engulfed in flame at the climax of the 25th annual Burning Man festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. The event sold out this year for the first time in its history.
  • Burning Man Through the Years

    A giant motorized chicken offers a great view of the Man, as crowds gather to watch The Burn.
  • Burning Man Through the Years

    One of the many whimsical art cars approved by Burning Man's Department of Mutant Vehicles.
  • Burning Man Through the Years

    People on a motorized bar watch the remains of the Trojan Horse burn at the 25th annual Burning Man festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada.
  • Burning Man Through the Years

    Doctor Megavolt has been a crowd favorite at Burning Man since 1998 with his one million volt Tesla coil.
  • Burning Man Through the Years

    Colored LED lights swirl across a geodesic dome at night while two Burning Man participants discuss where to visit next.
  • Burning Man Through the Years

    Burning Man participants climb "The Man" as dusk falls at the 25th annual Burning Man festival.
  • Burning Man Through the Years

    A family stumbles across an art installation which matches their own costumes at the Burning Man festival.
  • Burning Man Festival: Through the Years

    People gather around the Trojan Horse at it is pulled across the "playa" at the Burning Man festival in Gerlach, Nev. on Sept. 2, 2011.
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  • Burning Man Festival: Through the Years

    A Burning Man festival participant wears makeup and a feather headdress at the Burning Man festival in Gerlach, Nev. on Sept. 2, 2011.
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  • Burning Man Festival: Through the Years

    People gather at the temple built for the Burning Man festival in downtown Reno, Nev. on Sept. 1, 2011. The temple was hauled in pieces earlier this month on 20 flatbed trucks to the Black Rock desert. The annual event, marked by public art, self-expression and an eight-day experiment in community sold out for the first time in its history.
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  • Burning Man Festival: Through the Years

    People gather at the temple built for the Burning Man festival in downtown Reno, Nev. on Sept. 1, 2011. The temple was hauled in pieces earlier this month on 20 flatbed trucks to the Black Rock desert. The annual event, marked by public art, self-expression and an eight-day experiment in community sold out for the first time in its history.
    Andy Barron/Reno Gazette-Journal/AP Photo
  • Burning Man Festival: Through the Years

    Citizens of Black Rock City dance around a bon fire after the fall of the "Burning Man" in this Sept. 1, 2001 file photo at the 16th annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. This year's theme was the stages of man.
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  • Burning Man Festival: Through the Years

    A raver continues to dance on the desert despite the break out of a dust storm in this Aug 31, 2001 file photo at the 16th annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. An estimated record 29,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and "radical self-expression."
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  • Burning Man Festival: Through the Years

    Bikers begin a goup bike tour around the desert during the 16th annual Burning Man festival in this Aug. 29, 2001 file photo in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. An estimated record 29,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and "radical self-expression." This year's theme was the stages of man.
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  • Burning Man Festival: Through the Years

    A woman dances with fire during the final day of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada in this Sept. 3, 2000 file photo. The festival is a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators, where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during the week long event.
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  • Burning Man Festival: Through the Years

    People wearing illuminated costumes walk past the burning remains of a 52ft tall wooden man in this Sept. 2, 2000 file photo during the 15th annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and "radical self-expression."
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  • Burning Man Festival: Through the Years

    A man looks at the Burning Man effigy as it is prepared for the Burning Man Festival at Black Rock City in this Aug. 29, 2000 file photo. An estimated thirty thousand people will attend the festival, a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators, where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during a week long event.
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  • Burning Man Festival: Through the Years

    A bagpipe player and a belly dancer on stilts participants cross a section of the Black Rock Desert in this Sept. 6, 1998 file photo in Nevada. Some 15,000 people attended the 1998 "Burning Man" festival, which reportedly began 13 years ago in San Francisco, and which always culminates in the burning of a giant effigy of a man.
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