helix spire - tower - burning man 2010

Helix Spire by erich remash (www.­helixspire.­com)

I initially thought that this climbable art installation got set on fire prematurely by an act of vandalism.­

But here is a comment from Erich, one of the artists about the burning:

For the sake of clarity, you should know that the Helix was "not" burned prematurely or by vandals.­ Although during the burn, enforcement did show up and imply as much.­ We did things by the book, had permission and DPW+FAST support.­ We didn't intend to burn the structure initially, we managed to work it out however, but the only available slot was Thursday night.­ In hindsight this was a bad decision on our part, we lost sight of how many people wouldn't even be on site until Friday.­ What can I say, It was my second year on the playa and my partner's first.­ Live and learn.­

Photo taken at the Burning Man 2010 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).­

abstract helix spire sculpture spiral tower wooden
Black Rock City, Nevada, USA

Burning Man 2010 photos by Tristan Savatier (email me!)

For information on this festival and to see my photos from other years, click here.

Burning Man Festival

Photos per year: 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998.

Burning Man is yearly gathering of about 70,000 people, many from the San Francisco Bay Area, celebrating love, life, passion and art during one week in a desolated desert in Nevada.­

The event takes place each last week of august in an immense dry lakebed called Black Rock Desert.­ A temporary city is built where about everything is permitted except violence, money and commerce.­

The culmination of the event is the burning of a large human-shape figure in a giant bonfire, hence the name (Burning Man).­ The city disappears completely at the end of the week, leaving no trace.­

If this sounds interesting, check out the official Burning Man website at www.­burningman.­org.