Burning Man Festival, the annual art, music, experience and everything else event held in the middle of the Nevada desert, is underway with more than 60,000 “burners” attending.
The theme of Burning man Festival 2012 is “Fertility 2.0” in honor of the female form as well as the artistic creations that come into being on the occasion of Burning Man.
This year’s residents of Burning Man will enjoy the fervent community dedicated to self-reliance and self-expression that began 26 years before.
“Black Rock City is a kind of Petri dish,” the website reads.
“Theme camps cling in fertile clusters to its latticework of streets, artworks tumble out of it, like pollen on the air.
“These nodes of interaction mutate, grow and reproduce their kind, only to efflorescence and spread across five continents.
“This year’s art theme contemplates the tendency of any being or living system to create abundant life.”
Festival-goers were encouraged to create works based on fertility and all its many wonders.
The Burning Man, so named for his destiny, will stand astride a grand pavilion that is similar in shape to the Pantheon of ancient Rome.
“Arching portals and two mezzanines will wrap around an atrium; circles will encompass circles, telescoping to an open skylight several stories overhead,” the site says.
“An interactive sculpture, sprouting from the courtyard of the chamber, will invite participants to clamber upward through the center of this mesmerizing space, much as bees might swarm about the pistil of a flower.”
Everyone visiting the “hive” is encouraged to “express their own peculiar sense of inner beeing”, which can include, but is not limited to pretending to be a bee and engaging in bee culture.
As always, Black Rock City residents are expected to obey the ten principles.
Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-reliance, Radical Self-expression, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation and Immediacy are of the utmost importance to the community.