Burning Man 2015 wrapped up on Sunday, and while we don't yet have a tally of how many dust-caked bicycles got left behind this year (last year it was 2,000), we have gotten some photos and videos and many Twitter posts from the playa. It was, by many accounts, an especially windy and dust-stormy year, but such is the territory of the Black Rock Desert and veteran Burners know that dust and wind are preferable to extreme, inescapable heat.
And, once again, Burning Man was very largely attended by white people, and festival founder Larry Harvey (whose wife is black), made a controversial statement that he defended for The Guardian over the weekend, after he said, "I don’t think black folks like to camp as much as white folks." According to the last Black Rock City census, 87 percent of Burners were white, and only 1.3 percent were black.
But it wasn't dusty and windy the entire time...
My beautiful friends got engaged at Burning Man. We celebrated by riding our bicycles out into the playa and bringing out the flame thrower. Toby built it in his spare time. He is an ER doctor. I spent the whole week talking to people and never knowing their real-world jobs. It was a planet without context, where the only information you get is dance moves, hugs, fire side chats, costumes, and grilled cheese. I remember seeing a naked gray-haired man riding a bicycle unicorn, and thinking 'that guy is someone's boss, and they have no idea.' #burningman #burningman2015 #campboring
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Your friends and neighbors are just barely functioning back in the Default World today, and likely they have the day off.
ABC 7 hung around at the Divisadero Touchless Car Wash on Monday where the price for hosing down a Burning Man car is an even $100 this year. And, "The $100 price does not include any special treatment. The added cost is just to run the vehicle through the wash three times to get all the grime out."
In case you hadn't seen it, here was this year's Temple of Promise.
This year's #temple at #BurningMan was the Temple of Promise. It had a striking #abstract #architecture style. It reminded me of a #unicorn or mandolin, Chris of a #shark, & it looked like a vulva to one of our campmates. When Chris & I were trying to bike to it in a whiteout dust storm on Thursday, we could only find it due to its #sharkfin tip poking up in the sky above the dust below. #art #BurningMan2015 #TempleOfPromise #BurningMan #BlackRockCity
And here it is aflame.
Susan Sarandon once again had a hell of a time on the playa here are her posts.
En el pie de varias ... pic.twitter.com/Rmtwj5dwOS— Miguel Hilo de Media (@marctronico) September 4, 2015
And, finally, Katy Perry was a playa virgin this year, and she posted a video to Instagram on Sunday of herself, during a dust storm, trying and failing to work a Segway.