The Space Whale (2016), a collaboration between The Pier Group, Matthew Schultz, Android Jones, and Andy Tibbetts, was a stained glass and steel sculpture of a humpback whale calf and its mother, a testament to family and the need to preserve our planet.
In Erik More’s The Orca Project (2016), a pod of life-sized wooden orcas swam through the desert dust, meant as a reminder to take better care of our oceans, and to use our communal activity to better the world.
Inspired by Leonardo DaVinci's Vitruvian Man, this year’s 80-foot-tall center point to the Burning Man event also housed a pavilion with interactive installations demonstrating various art forms from the Renaissance.
Inside the Mind of da Vinci (2016), a collaboration between Mischell Riley and Colin O’Bryan, saw a massive, acid-stained concrete model of Leonardo da Vinci’s head emerge from the dust. Its hollowed-out interior—which visitors could climb inside—was filled with the artist’s sketches and writings.
Like the head of Bryan Tedrick’s iconic, kinetic Coyote sculpture in 2013, the artist’s 20-foot-tall wild boar Lord Snort (2016), fashioned from steel, swivels 360 degrees.
Created by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg, the industrial steel sculpture Magic (2016)—along with @EARTH#HOME, the duo’s other sculpture appearing at Burning Man—was originally commissioned for the Magic City development project in Miami.
The last of David Best’s iconic installations on the playa, The Temple (2016) reached 100 feet into the air and was surrounded by eight altars.
As has been customary since Best began making temples at Burning Man, The Temple (2016) was ritually burned to ashes in silence on Sunday night.
Photographs by Alexander Forbes, with image design by Philip Warner Patton. © Artsy