After a two-year Covid hiatus, Burning Man was back for 2022. We planned this year to stay for the entire event including the temple burn on Sunday evening. The weather was very hot and dusty, but the art was hotter.
Our Playa Home
The first dust storm destroyed the pop-up shade garage. But the rest of the little home on the playa survived the big dust storm on burn day. A minor accident with the DateTrike broke the solar canopy supports so we were open to the stars on burn night and on the Sunday temple burn. (click on the montages below to scroll through the full size images)
Little Church of Hopes and Prayers
Unbound: A Library in Transition by Julia Nelson-Gal
Animals on the Playa
The Temple is in many ways the spiritual center of Burning Man. A place to remember and share with others those who have passed, it is also a good place to start a new life with a wedding. This year, in the shade of the Temple on Saturday morning, the Black Rock Philharmonic gave us a concert. We missed the concert the day before at the Paradisium, but you can find a nice video here of the Paradisium morning concert.
Trash Fence Art Pieces
Often you will find wonderful art in the far reaches of the playa near the trash fence, which demarcates the out reaches of Black Rock City.
Homage au Dali by Jack Champion (inspired by Salvador Dali “Los Elephantes”)
Paradisium by Dave Keane & Folly Builders
Barbie Death Camp, El Pulpo Mechinco, and a light-box art piece with depictions of previous years’ art pieces reminds us of the Burning Man’s continuity.
Facing the Fearbeast by Tigre Mashaal-Lively
Marco Cochrane’s Gaia (2022) and Truth is Beauty (from 2013)
Art on the Open Playa
Making Music on the Playa
The thump-thump of a techno bass line never leaves the playa, but there are a few places of respite. One night we found RootPile, a live bluegrass band, and the Jazz Station provided an evening’s entertainment as well. During the day, Ellen found performance spaces at HOTD (Hair of the Dog) and The Lost Penguins. The Lost Penguins became a daytime hangout when it was too hot and dusty, with endless water, lemonade, Penguin Pee (vodka and lemonade) and snow cones, with good musicians stopping by to play with Luap and the other Penguin musicians.