Timeline: Burning Man goes corporate
If your perception of the Burning Man Festival is hippies doing drugs, making art, and dancing barefoot in the sand, you're not totally wrong. Traditionally, Burners live in tents and come to Black Rock City, Nevada, with their own food and water. They participate in a "gifting economy" and money is not allowed.
But sold-out tickets over the past couple of years has led to higher prices and given birth to new participants with more money to spend and a different idea of what it means to be a Burner. Day 6 looked into Burning Man's "Capitalist Creep."
Burning Man has grown from a small gathering of 20 people on a beach to an international arts festival that attracts more than 50,000 people annually.
This timeline explores how Black Rock City has changed over the years.
The event that would become Burning Man starts on Baker Beach in San Francisco when Larry Harvey and Jerry James construct and then burned a wooden figure
The few bystanders clasp the figure's hand as it burns --- the first spontaneous performance of Burning Man
Larry Harvey creates the official Burning Man blueprint that will be used to construct the wooden figure every year and the Society of Carpenters helps build it
Police forbid burning the Man on Baker Beach and organizers decide to move the event to Labour Day weekend in Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Burning Man becomes the Black Rock Arts Festival with a fashion show, arts programming and fireworks
The Black Rock Gazette newspaper and Black Rock Rangers are created
Camp culture is solidified by the creation of the first theme camp (Santa serving fruitcake and eggnog at "Christmas Camp") and an official camp layout is designed by Larry Harvey with lampposts leading the way to Burning Man in the centre of the camp
The onsite radio station for Burning Man is established
Burning Man becomes the most populous (but temporary) settlement in Nevada's Perishing County
CNN begins covering the event and Burning Man comes under scrutiny from authorities, who eventually give the festival A-plus ratings for safety, organization and clean up
Burning Man's active online presence continues to attract visitors and art exhibitions from around the world
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin attend Burning Man for the first time. The very first Google Doodle is the image of Burning Man imposed on the Google logo.
Height of man: 40 feet
(standing on the 30-foot Tower of Enlightenment)
Burning Man continues to grow dramatically, leading to problems with counterfeit tickets --organizers say they catch 99 per cent of fake tickets
Artwork is tagged with GPS for the first time to facilitate Burning Man's leave-no-trace policy
Height of man: 40 feet (standing on a 32-foot "funhouse" with an interactive maze)
The twentieth Burning Man features 275 art projects on the playa, 485 theme camps, and 92 planes land at Black Rock City's airport
New land management standards allow no more than one square foot of debris per acre -- Burning Man passes the inspection
Height of man: 40 feet (standing on a 50-foot base designed to represent two mountains)
Burning Man sells out for the first time ever and the Black Rock city plan adds 16 new streets to accommodate growth
Grants for art projects increase by 10 per cent from 2010, funding 45 art installations as part of more than 309 art projects on the playa
Burning Man sells out again. A randomized ticketing system leaves many regular Burners without tickets to event and organizers scramble to ensure that people behind key camps and art installations get tickets.
First-time Burners make up 35 per cent of attendees, an unusually large percentage
Timeline information compiled from burningman.com