After braving a massive dust storm, raging wild fire and scorching heat, the psychedelic symposium in the Nevada desert known as Burning Man is still going strong as it entered its eighth day on Saturday.
Saturday also marks the height of the art and music festival celebration, where thousands will gather in the evening to witness the lighting of ‘the Man,’ the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy.
Around 70,000 burners have set up camp at Black Rock City, where everyone is an active citizen with something to do to keep the temporary town running.
A participant fills out emotional baggage tickets at Big Imagination’s 747 as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gathered for the annual Burning Man festival
Participants surround a burning art installation as approximately as they enjoy festivities at the Burning Man festival in Nevada
A mutant vehicle travels across the Black Rock desert, Nevada, one of many amazing displays seen at the 2017 Burning Man festival
Participants fight in Death Guild’s Thunderdome on the seventh night of the Burning Man festival in Nevada
Participant Ryan Salazar fills out emotional baggage tickets at Big Imagination’s 747 as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gathered for the annual Burning Man arts and music festival
Two participants embrace as an art installation burns as the seventh day of festivities at the Burning Man event comes to a close
The ‘Rabid Transit’ Burning Man art car erupts with flames from it’s onboard propane poofers during the seventh night of festivities
Participants climb atop Death Guild’s Thunderdome to watch the fights below, just one of many fantastic attractions constructed at this year’s Burning Man festival
A giant wooden effigy, known as ‘The Man,’ will be torched Saturday night to mark the culmination of the Burning Man festival
This year’s festival theme is Radical Ritual, with organizers inviting participants to celebrate ‘the ambiguous ground that lies between reverence and ridicule, faith and belief, the absurd and the stunningly sublime,’ according to the official Burning Man website.
Temperatures in the desert have exceeded 100 degrees at times, while punishing dust storms covered most of the desert gala in sand earlier in the week.
The art and music festival runs over nine days until September 4 in Black Rock Desert, which is about 120 miles north of Reno.
Participants push the art piece The Jack along the desert as over 70,000 people from all over the world enjoy day seven of the Burning Man festival
The mutant vehicle Abraxas travels across Black Rock Desert, Nevada as tens of thousands of people enjoy this year’s Burning Man festival
Participant Eric Meza, who has braved scorching heat and a dust storm during the Burning Man festival, works on a bike
A participant takes in an elevated view of the temporary city built in Black Rock desert each year as approximately 70,000 gather in Nevada
A mutant vehicle drives through the temporary city in Black Rock Desert, Nevada where the annual Burning Man festival is erected
Raging wild fires on Thursday also threatened to cut festivities short, and briefly caused a shutdown of the main highway that leads in and out of the festival.
The blaze, also known as the Tohakum 2 Fire, enveloped more than 30,000 acres of land near the celebration and shut down traffic for over 15 hours, according to The New York Daily News.
By Thursday evening, however, the blaze was under control with the highway reopening to motorists.
While a Nevada official said the fie still had ‘a while’ before reaching Black Rock, the situation still constituted a ‘major safety concern.’
Under the theme of Radical Ritual, several impressive structures and sculptures have been erected in the Black Rock Desert
Two participants swing as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gathered for the annual Burning Man arts and music festival
The theme this year for the festival is designed to honour the ritual humankind has made, that speak of a need to belong to a place
Around 70,000 people are at Burning Man, and according to the website, each of them needs to play a role in the site to ensure the festival runs smoothly
Giant structure of mechanical woman rising from bed taken at the Burning Man art and music festival in Black Rock City, Nevada
Giant constructed seahorses cascade across desert sands as an estimated 70,000 people enjoy this year’s Burning Man festival
Thousands gather at near a constructed art installation replicated to look like a tree at this year’s Burning Man festival
The annual event is held in the Nevada desert, where 70,000 people help built and maintain a temporary city, complete with its own airport