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Burning Man – 11 Photos Of The Wildest Festival On Earth

Nevada arts festival Burning Man is famous for basically being like Mad Max, just with slightly fewer 300mph desert chases and even freakier costumes. A US alternative culture institution, it’s the subject of a new book, ‘Art of Burning Man’ by NK Guy. Here’s some of the best shots included in the book, released August 20…

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The 70ft tall, wooden Embrace sculpture was burned at dawn during the 2014 festival. It was made by Kevan Christiaens, Kelsey Owens, Bill Tubman, Joe Olivier, Matt Schultz and the Pier Group. Photo: NK Guy

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An performance art piece called Lost Suitcase, performed by Pi Feathersword at the 2013 Burning Man. Photo: NK Guy

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Every year a giant Burning Man figure is burned at the end of the festival. This is 2011's effort, by artists Larry Harvey, Jerry James, Dan Miller, and the ManKrew. Photo: NK Guy

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Festival goer Kaspian Khalafi standing on the embers of the Burning Man effigy in 2013. NK Guy
The photo from 2013 shows festival goer Kaspian Khalafi standing on the embers of the Burning Man effigy at the end of the event. Photo: NK Guy

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2014's event saw El Pulpo Mecanico an octopus made from scrap metal by artists Duane Flatmo and Jerry Kunkel. Photo: NK Guy

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Steve Hall and Becky Stillwell's 2013 wooden sculpture could be operated by hand, as this luminous festival goer demonstrates. Photo: NK Guy

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2013's The Temple of Whollyness - created by artsists Gregg Fleishman, Lightning Clearwater III, and Melissa Barron - contained a stone sculpture, carved from black basalt. Photo: NK Guy

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Black Rock City from the air in 2011. The shape of the temporary city was planned by Rod Garrett. Photo: NK Guy

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In 2013 the Burning Man figure - created by Larry Harvey, Jerry James, Dan Miller, and the ManKrew - sat atop a giant flying saucer, designed by Lewis Zaumeyer and Andrew Johnstone. Photo: NK Guy

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