What started as a gathering by Larry Harvey and a group of friends on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986 when they burnt an eight-foot effigy, has grown into a global phenomenon. The Burning Man festival takes place annually in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert during the summer solstice culminating in the setting of a 105-feet tall effigy (The Man) on fire.
This year’s Burning Man festival took place between the 27th of August and the 4th of September. Billed as a “Radical Ritual,” Burning Man 2017 was visited by 70,000 people that created a “temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.” This year, however, the festival was the sight of a tragic event in which 41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell ran into the burning effigy on Saturday night and perished.
Scroll down to check out the most stunning photos from this year’s Burning Man themed “Radical Ritual”, as well as some of the most important facts about the festival.