The Coolest Art & Architecture at Burning Man 2016

A fire-breathing octopus is but one of the brain-bursting sights out of this year's Black Rock City.

01 September 2016, 12:35pm

Made it! #burningman2016

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1,000' light tunnels, flamethrowers, a Boeing 747 nightclub, and elemental wooden sculptures: Burning Man's 30th iteration is a cornucopia of sights that make jaws clatter to the floor. Just a few days into this year's festival, the #burningman2016 Instagram hashtag is already repping over 20,000 posts, more than a quarter of what #burningman2015 stacked up in a whole year. At least 75,000 people—including Cara Delevingne and Paris Hilton—are projected to hit the Playa, putting 2016 on track to be the most Instagrammed Burning Man ever.

Each year Burning Man struggles with it's increasingly mainstream status, and it could be argued that the burners' constant photo updates violate the "Temporary Autonomous Zone" tenets that Black Rock City is built upon. But for the rest of us, it yields a buffet of surreal eye candy normally limited to dreams and Salvador Dalí paintings. Enjoy giant pigs, fire-breathing octopuses, shark cars, David Best's annual Temple, and, of course, the Man-to-be-burnt himself, below.


#burningman the greatest #human #experiment opened its doors tonight With the last bits of connectivity before everything goes dark for the week. I thought I would share one little bit. As everyone begins to pour in I sat under a crescent #moon rising over the playa illuminating @laurakimpton and jeff schomberg "magic" sculpture that our camp dragonfly den helped bring to the playa. My thoughts wandered to the woman of my dreams at home caring for our newborn baby. I felt once again the luckiest person on #earth And how perfect to sum it all up with a shooting star that actually happened (over the c) while I contemplated all of the #magic in my life. @burningman @burningmanphotos #bm2016 #burningmanphotos #burningman2016

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Shark Car


#burningman #burningman2016 #blackrockcity #hyperlapse

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God Phone Booth


#burningman2016 #talktogod

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The Black Rock Lighthouse Service by Jonny and Max Poynton


Burning Towers. Burningman 2016

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Michael Christian's Ovoid

The Temple by David Best and The Temple Crew


#temple2016 is #magnificent #burningman2016 #blackrockcity #brc #burningman #architecture #sacredspace

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The temple #blackrockcity #burningman2016

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Flame Octopus


Of course there's a fire breathing mechanical octopus out here. #blackrockcity #burningman2016 #burningman

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The Space Whale by The Pier Group with Matthew Schultz, Android Jones and Andy Tibbetts

Cat Car


#burningman #happyburn #welcomehome #burningman2016

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Grove by Grove



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The amazing places a sand storm can lead you to 

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Tea Pots


wishing I was with my girl @indianja #thelostteaparty #burningman2016

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Renaiximent (Renaissance) by Pink Intruder


Renaixement ja està en peu al desert de Nevada. Enhorabona a tots pel treball ben fet!  #juntsmolemmés #burningman2016

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Da Vinci's Head


Davinci. Burningman 2016

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Pulse Portal by Davis McCarty


After a few days of feverish building, it's all coming together at Burning Man

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Heart of Gold by HYBYCOZO


The playa, where the magic happens #BM16 #burningman2016

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The Sonic Runway



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A Landshark


Riding sea creatures in #deepplaya #Burningman2016

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Lord Snort by Bryan Tedrick

And a Big Bird

The Man


And he is lit!! #burningman #burningman2016 #firstburn #firstburningman #theman

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DaVinci Virus by Brennan Steele


Da Vinci Virus #burningman2016 #davincivirus #hackers

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Tangential Dreams by Arthur Mamou-Mani


LED's make the difference #tangentialdreams #installationarchitecture #burningman2016

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A Mad Max-style Thunderdome

Fiery Beating Heart


Where I would rather be!!! @stevefa get ready for next year #burningman #burningman2016 #blackrockcity #freedom #dream 

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Awakening by Ryan Elmendorf and Nick Geurts



See more pictures of Burning Man on Instagram. Check out The Creators Project's Instagram feed to find more artists you'll love.


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