When it comes to art festivals, Burning Man is no Art Basel.
For one, you won't shower for a week.
But photos of this year's incredible architecture and art installations have us rethinking the nine-day event in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
And considering that technology geniuses like have attended in recent years – and that you can now rent a to get there – perhaps it's worth giving the festival a second chance.
Unlike other festivals, where event organizers plan activities and concerts, participants at Burning Man organize the event on the spot. Burners call the metropolis they build together "Black Rock City," a desert retreat, where they create art installations, build villages, and perform for other each other.
The first event took place in 1986, when founders Larry Harvey and Jerry James made a wooden man out of scrap lumber and on the beach. To this day, Burners still create a bonfire using a wooden effigy.
The theme of this year's festival is "Da Vinci's Workshop," featuring art inspired by the spirit of discovery often associated with the Italian Renaissance, according to the festival . And boy, is the art stunning.
From a boar made of metal to three lighthouse towers, color us impressed. Take a look at some of the most incredible works on display at this year's festival below: