September 17, 2015
Black Rock Desert, also known as the “Playa”, is a place where every year nearly 70,000 “burners” converge at this open, barren wasteland to create a temporary metropolis known as Black Rock City. This city, which is built and taken down in less than two weeks, has been around since 1986 and started with just 20 people, with the man itself standing at just eight-feet tall. Today, the man stands at a whopping 105 feet tall. So many people converge here that it actually becomes one of the largest populated “cities” in Nevada for just one week.
Burning Man can be viewed as many things, but every burner’s experience is vastly different. For some, it is a place to find spiritual awareness. For others, it is an opportunity to connect deeply with fellow human beings, including those they do not already know. From the art, to the music and the many different activities hosted around the city, Burning Man has been an event that has continued to entice music festival fans, spiritual gurus and artists from around the world.
This year, many of Sierra Nevada College’s student population had a chance to attend. We are featuring their experiences and photos in hopes that people who have never had a chance to attend can learn just what it means to go to Burning Man. With proper planning and an open mind, Burning Man can be an enlightening experience that will leave its mark for years to come.
-Photos by Taylor Halsey, Banyan Claussen and Payton Roberts