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Desert Dreams Come to Life at Burning Man
The Burning Man festival — dedicated to art, community and imaginative self-expression — creates a temporary metropolis in a Nevada desert.
An important part of the Burning Man experience, the festival website defines a mutant vehicle as "a motorized conveyance that is radically, stunningly, (usually) permanently, and safely modified."
The Catacomb of Veils is burned on Friday.
Burning Man began in 1986 when two friends burned a wooden effigy on a San Francisco Beach. The spectacle drew a crowd and the seeds of the festival were planted. When it moved to Nevada in 1990 there were only a few hundred people in attendance.
An aerial view shows the grid of "Black Rock City" on Wednesday. The festival runs through Sept. 5.