Radical Self-Expression at the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City
“It’s way more than you can imagine,” says Jessica Rose Yurasek (@missjessrose), describing Black Rock City, the site of the annual Burning Man festival. Each year, a global tribe of artists, makers and performers converge in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, birthing a pop-up city of more than 60,000 “Burners” and their acts of radical self-expression.
In contrast to an inhospitable physical terrain, which ranges from scorching heat to torrential rain, Jessica sees Black Rock City as an inspirational place of generosity and creativity. The weeklong gathering culminates with the burning of a towering wooden effigy known at “the Man,” and then disperses, taking care to leave no trace in the desert.
“If we as humanity can build this,” she says, “then I have hope for our future.”
When people say it’s hard to describe Burning Man and why it’s so wonderful, that you just have to be there, it’s the truth, but this piece gets quite close. )’(