Burning Man, from above

I’ve never been to the Burning Man festival in Nevada, but it’s always struck me as a really impressive feat: Zillions of people descending upon a barren chunk of desert and, for one week, turning it into the most creative space on earth. This year it begins on August 30, and preparations are already underway. Above, you’ll see a satellite image of Black Rock City, the annual temporary urban space that is Burning Man. Or maybe it’s not that temporary; as Maid Marian, the event’s “Mistress of Communications”, puts it:

Burning Man is truly something that can happen year-round. It’s like a deep artesian well with channels flowing out from it. It is a movable feast that might happen anywhere. Black Rock City is you.


(Thanks to Morgan for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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