Photos of Burning Man 2013

Every year, participants in the Burning Man Festival descend on the playa of Nevada's Black Rock Desert to form a temporary city - a self-reliant community populated by performers, artists, free spirits, and more. Last week, an estimated 68,000 people came to Burning Man 2013 from all over the world to dance, express themselves, and take in the spectacle. Gathered below are some of the sights from the festival, which lasted a week and came to its conclusion yesterday.
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1. The Man burns during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, on August 31, 2013. The federal government issued a permit for 68,000 people from all over the world to gather at the sold out festival, which is celebrating its 27th year, to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops.




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2. An aerial view of the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival, in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, on August 29, 2013.




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3. A closer look, an aerial view of the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival campground, on August 29, 2013.




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4. A participant bicycles away from the effigy of the Man during Burning Man 2013 in the Black Rock Desert, on August 29, 2013.




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5. The sun sets over the "Cradle of Mir" art installation during Burning Man 2013, on August 30, 2013.




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6. Participants dance in a dome during the "Gold Bikini Happy Hour" hosted by Rat Camp during Burning Man 2013, on August 30, 2013.




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7. Ranger Beauty, her "Playa" name, mans the perimeter around the Man before it is burnt in the Black Rock Desert, on August 31, 2013.




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8. Rochelle Schieck of Los Angeles dances by the "Truth is Beauty" sculpture created by Marco Cochrane at the 2013 Burning Man festival, on August 30, 2013.




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9. Krissy Humphreys performs with fire at sunrise at the Temple of Whollyness during Burning Man 2013, on August 31, 2013.




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10. Mutant vehicles drive across the Playa during Burning Man 2013, on August 31, 2013.




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11. Christin Meador is towed along the Playa by Adam Johnson at sunrise during Burning Man 2013, on August 31, 2013.




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12. The Man, the day before the burn, on August 30, 2013. Original here.




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13. Staring up at the Man on August 27, Burning Man 2013, Black Rock City, Nevada. Original here.




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14. Katherine Cadger and Kevin Rae watch the sunrise at the Temple of Whollyness during Burning Man 2013, on August 31, 2013.




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15. Church-Trap, sculpture on the the Playa, Burning Man 2013, Black Rock City, Nevada. Original here.




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16. Dust envelops art installations during Burning Man 2013, on September 1, 2013.




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17. Burning Man participant Virginia Biney from Philadelphia poses next to an art installation on the Playa, during the Burning Man Festival, on August 30, 2013.




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18. Pippin, his Playa name, chats on the phone with God during Burning Man 2013, on September 1, 2013.




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19. Rasika Mathur (left) and Grant Ball read messages left by participants at sunrise at the Temple of Whollyness, during Burning Man, on August 31, 2013.




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20. Messages, left by participants at the Temple of Whollyness, during the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert, on August 31, 2013.




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21. Playa sculpture, photographed on August 30, 2013. Original here.




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22. Dust envelops the Man before it burns in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, on August 31, 2013.




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23. Participants dance during Burning Man 2013, on August 31, 2013.




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24. Participants begin to gather for the burning of the Man, on August 31, 2013.




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25. The Temple of Whollyness is burned on the Playa, on September 1, 2013.




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26. A participant makes her way around the flames as the Temple of Whollyness burns during Burning Man 2013, on September 1, 2013.




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27. Burning Man participants walk towards the Temple of Whollyness as it burns in the Black Rock desert, late September 1, 2013.




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28. Ashlie Jump (left) and Boonda, his Playa name, watch as the Temple of Whollyness is burned during Burning Man 2013, on September 1, 2013.




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29. The Temple of Whollyness burns at the conclusion of the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival, late September 1, 2013.




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30. The Man, at the start of the burn, in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, on August 31, 2013.




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31. The Man burns, on August 31, 2013.




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32. Jed Vassallo (left) and Erin Bohlmann cheer as the Man burns during Burning Man 2013, on August 31, 2013.




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33. The Man burns during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival, on August 31, 2013.