The Striding Man is up in all his glory
It really won’t be long now. The months and months of prep are finished, you’re on your way or about to leave, and everyone already here is getting ready for you.
The city really is different in this run-up week to the event. The number of people and the readiness of the theme camps, especially, remind us of what it was like during the first day or two of the event five or six years ago. Back then, it seemed, the gates would open and there’d be a mad dash to get everything set up. These days, there are more people on the playa early, and there’s a lot in place and ready to go right from the start of the week.
The weather has been hot, but there’s a cooling trend forecast for the coming week. The nights have been really warm, but it seems like you’ll want to remember to bring something warm to wear at night as the weather cools.
There's plenty of art installed on the playa already, and more is arriving by the hour.
The lines to get into the city are getting longer, even though it’s only those people with early arrival passes being admitted now. Yesterday afternoon, it was an hour or more wait to get through the gates. The greeter’s station was busy, with plenty of hugs and rolling in the dust and bells gonging to announce the arrival of first-timers.
The official opening is tonight at midnight, and there will be a huge group of people down at the gates to usher in the newcomers. Then, finally and officially, Burning Man 2011 will be underway.
The Man burns in six days.
The Temple of Transition is nearly complete, after three amazing weeks of work by the crew and the people of DPW, especially the Heavy Equipment folks. Kiwi, the mastermind of the Temple team, is ready for people to arrive. The team had to break camp yesterday, which was another long day of work. "People ask me, 'How can you build something so beautiful and then burn it,'" Kiwi said yesterday. "Just watch me," he said. "We built it to burn it."
The lines for the Will Call office were getting long yesterday afternoon. Of course, for the first time, the event is sold out. There won't be any tickets available for purchase at the gate.
The line of cars waiting to get in with early arrival passes was more than an hour long.
The gate crew has a number of super bright spotlights mounted in various places around the entrance and in other locations. They're bright enough to guide you halfway into the city.
The gate crew has a good view from an elevated tower overlooking the entrance.
Even if you were just picking up a "will-call" ticket, there was a line. But the line was a festive one, for sure.
After the gates come the greeters. There weren't any lines yesterday, but the dust was heavy.
The peace camp was setting up for business.
Got a problem? Your personal adviser will be on duty during Burning Man.
The Department of Mutant Vehicles was busy licensing art cars of all shapes and sizes.
Some of our favorite art pieces out here are built by a single person, and you come across them all over the playa.
There are gargoyles attached to the outside of the Temple of Transition.
What do you think of the color scheme for the Man this year?
Marco Cochran, whose Bliss Dance was one of the most poplular art projects last year, is setting up another one in the far playa. in the far playa.
Even when there's no art around, there's plenty to marvel at in the desert sky.
When the event begins, we're headquartered in Media Mecca, where the communciation teams deal with reporters and photographers and videographers from all over the world.
There's a Narwhal in front of Media Mecca, and she was getting some new makeup yesterday.
Once you get inside the gates, you'll be having social hours and various places and spaces.
Burning Man is a good place for kids, and Kidsville is full up this year.
There's a whole lot of G-rated places for kids to explore, like pirate ships.