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Timber pavilions and other-worldly installations animate the plains at Burning Man 2019

Burning Man revellers, including architect Bjarke Ingels, have captured the installations, pavilions and stages at this year's event, including elevated stepping stones and a huge arm made of scrap metal.

The photos posted to Instagram document the temporary structures populating the Nevada desert for this year's event, taking place from 25 August to 2 September.

The designs are intended to respond to the theme, Metamorphoses, which aims to reflect the "transformative" experience of the event that sees a temporary metropolis, known as Black Rock City, constructed each year.

Here are the best that have appeared on Instagram.


 

 

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Temple of Direction by Geordie van der Bosch

Greeting this year's attendees is Geordie van Der Bosch's Temple of Direction. Featuring four gates facing the festival's entry points, the wooden pavilion takes influence from Japanese torii gates, often found at the entrances of shrines.

Der Bosch's Temple is set to be burned with the namesake Man and other structures at the end of the event.


 

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The Man by David Best

The timber Burning Man figure is the centrepiece of the city, and was formerly designed by Burning Man founder Larry Harvey each year.

Artist David Best took on the role of creating the effigy this year, following Harvey's death last year. Known for its geometric, perforated installations, Hybycozo designed the base on which the Man stands.


 

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The Folly by Dave Keane and the Folly Builders

Burner veteran Dave Keane is behind climbing structure The Folly. It comprises a clock tower and pitched dwellings that are irregularly combined together into a hub of entertainment with viewing decks.


 

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The Reactor Project by Assaf Allouche and team

Slatted timber is used to form the curved wings and pyramid top of The Reactor Project.


 

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Mariposita by Chris Carnabuci

A female figure emerges from a curved wooden shell that resembles the shape of a hatched egg in this design by artist Chris Carnabuci. It is called Mariposita, which translates as little butterfly.


 

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ILY by Dan Mountain

Recycled and repurposed scrap metal is fabricated into the eight-metre-high forearm ILY. Dan Mountain has integrated gears and mechanisms into the structure so Burners can raise and lower the fingers.


 

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Monumental Mammoth by Tahoe Mack

Other Instagram posts capture the Monumental Mammoth, a life-size sculpture of a wooly animal made from a skeleton of steel and a metallic body. The roaring animal is illuminated by colourful, bright lights.


 

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Desert Wave by Squidsoup

Squidsoup's Desert Wave suspends 500 LED lights from a metal frame. The pendants hang down to different lengths to form and undulating wave.


 

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Grand Pyramid by PlayAlchemist

The Grand Pyramid of PlayAlchemist returns to the camp, hosting a seven-day event focused on the theme of metamorphoses underneath the bright lights.


 

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#Slonik by Michael Tsaturyan

Travelling in from Russia, a bright-green, inflatable elephant designed by Michael Tsaturyan stands out amongst the desert landscape. Called #Slonik, the animal sits on its round rear with its trunk pointed upwards.


 

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Stone 27 by Benjamin Langholz

As well as the ornate installations characteristic of Burning Man, more minimalist projects can also be found across the "playa". These include 27 elevated stones that form a climbing frame around a central pillar.


 

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Sacred Grounds by Michael Benisty

This tree by Michael Benisty is among a number of shiny artworks populating the city this year.

Architect Bjarke Ingels, who created a mirrored orb for the event last year, shared a number on his Instagram, including humanoid sculptures by Bruno Catalano.


 

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Mutant vehicles of Burning Man 2019

Some Burners travel in style across the camps, driving constructed mutant vehicles which boast theatrical fire bursts and lights. Vehicle El Pulpo Machino is an octopus-like creature with tentacles emitting fire, and makes for a popular Instagram sighting as it rides across the desert.