Vicarious views of Burning Man

August 30, 2017

There is a lot of curiosity about the unique event known at Burning Man. This gathering in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno has grown into an international phenomenon, attracting attendees and attention from around the world. The event’s huge popularity has resulted in way more people wanting tickets than are available, even though about 70,000 will be sold in 2017.

Should you be one of those who tried for tickets and failed, there are still ways to get a feel for what goes on in Black Rock City during Burning Man.

At the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, you can enjoy two Burning Man exhibits and various related presentations. “City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man” explores the evolution of Burning Man from its beginning on Baker Beach in San Francisco to the event we have today. “View from the Playa: Photographs by Eleanor Preger” is an exhibit from a photographer who has been taking Burning Man photos for years.

On YouTube, the “Burning Man Live Stream” is broadcast during the event. It offers an expansive view of Black Rock City and the surrounding Black Rock Desert playa.

There are numerous art installations around Reno that first appeared at Burning Man. Two of the most prominent are the “BELIEVE” and “Space Whale” sculptures in City Plaza, across from City Hall and next to the Virginia Street Bridge. Others include “Portal of Evolution” at Bicentennial Park and “Pentamonium” at the Lear Theater. The “Reno Playa Art Park,” features more Burning Man art. This park is a great use of vacant land created by the demolition of two derelict motels. It is located in the 500 block of N. Virginia Street, across from Circus Circus.

Space Whale, Burning Man sculpture, City Plaza, Reno, Nevada

“Space Whale” was at Burning Man 2016. It is now installed in City Plaza in downtown Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Across the street from “Space Whale,” the Metro Gallery inside Reno City Hall (1 E. 1st St.) currently has an exhibit of large Burning Man photographs.

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