Yeah yeah, I know: it’s an art event, we love art, we love artists, fire is awesome, blinking lights are cool, and giant churches tilted at 45 degree angles are just what we were missing in our lives.
But the fact that there’s art at Burning Man sometimes overshadows the fact that art is *one of the things* you find there. And so far I haven’t heard nearly enough people talk about the whimsy.
You know: The pranks, the tricks, the inspired moments of lunacy that make you fall in love with people all over again. The stuff the Org doesn’t fund … because who in their right mind would pay for a guy to stand outside a party pretending to be security and searching people’s backpacks for stolen bicycles … but that we do for its own sake. Because we want to live in a world where this happens.
2013 was actually a very good year for whimsy at Burning Man. I saw a lot of creative, topsy-turvy, and otherwise insane human interactions that make me feel good about life. Whoever these 68,000 people who came out to the desert were, some of them were high-caliber tricksters.
So I’m going to take this time to list some of my favorite whimsical events that happened at the 2013 Burning Man, and I hope you’ll use the comments space to mention all the hilarious moments I know I missed. Read more »