Incredible satellite footage shows the newly erected art installments spanning across a Nevada desert near Reno as festivals goers from around the globe arrive for the first day of the arts and culture festival Burning Man.
The photos, taken by Maxar Technologies, gives a bird’s eye view of the the expansive festival as it goes into it’s 33rd year of production.
Large and small art installations litter the desert as festival goers trek from one site to another, reveling in the festival’s open space
Burning Man, an arts and culture festival held in the Black Rock Desert near Reno, began on Monday to relatively short wait times
Footage taken by Maxar Technologies shows off the many art installations, both big and small, that are now erected in Black Rock City
Also known as the playa, the festival grounds are home to annual performances, festivals, music and nine days of partying
Festival goers, who oftentimes either walk or bike across the playa, spend time surrounded by artist made sculptures like the one pictured here
Shaped like a crescent moon, the festival takes place in what attendees in Black Rock Desert, or what Burning Man has dubbed the dust filled land as Black Rock City.
Black Rock City is described by Burning Man organizers as ‘a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.’
Also known as the ‘playa’, festival goers can expect to enjoy performances, artistic installations, music and partying.
Burning Man’s theme this year is ‘metamorphoses’, with organizers saying they are celebrating change and uncertainty
Burning Man takes on the persona of world untouched by modern society, asking festival goers to ditch electronics and forget all about money.
The festival doesn’t exchange currency, so people are expected to bring shelter, food, water or any other items they’ll need.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean the event is free.
Business Insider reported that the cost of 2019 Burning Man tickets cost between $425 to $1,400.
Burning man doesn’t exchange currency of any kind, so attendees are expected to provide their own food, water, shelter and other needs
A collection of planes sit on along the outskirts of the arts and culture festival, showing the many ways people travel to get to the annual festival
This year’s theme is ‘metamorphoses’, with organizers saying on their web page: ‘This year’s theme is a celebration of change, and an exploration of uncertainty.’
Creators continued to push the envelope, creating installations that reached for the skies and invited festival goers to interact with their art.
Some people managed to snap photos of capture some of the works presented at Burning Man 2019.
One such design, called the Temple, was shared on social media and as of three days ago was still raising money to get the sculpture to the desert.
Another shows a stairway to nowhere and a giant metal hand flipping the bird.
The Temple is one of the massive installments making its way to the 2019 Burning Man festival
One installation shared on Instagram involved a staircase leading up to an open ledge
A festival goer is standing next to a cheeky sculpture giving Black Rock City, and Burning Man, a metal constructed middle finger
70,000 people, including celebrities like Cara Delevingne and Elon Musk, attended Burning Man last year.
The festival this year appeared to go off without a hitch, with organizers updating travel time regularly on Twitter and estimating a wait time of under an hour.
Last year, Burning Man’s first day was delayed due to pot holes, construction and sand storms.
While there have been concerns in the past about the amount of sand in the area, the Associated Press reported that playa dust posed no serious health concerns
Like always, people showed up dressed in their most outlandish and eccentric outfits to frolic in.
The festival is set to happen over the course of eight days, from August 25 to September 3.
Over 70,000 people, including celebrities like Cara Delevingne and Elon Musk attended Burning Man last year
People attending Burning man usually choose, and are encouraged, to wear fun, eccentric outfits during the festival
The festival is scheduled from August 25 to September 3, ending after Labor Day weekend