Beginning in 1998, photographer NK Guy, whose work is collected in the new book, Art of Burning Man (Taschen), has braved the Black Rock desert to document the trippy and massive art installations, which are often wryer than the (literally) fiery images so associated with the rumpus. (This year's edition kicked off on August 30.) "Many of the artists there don't come from the mainstream," explains Guy. "It's not stuff you'd see in a traditional gallery." Or anywhere else.
Check out the collection of his trippy photographs:
Burning Man Photo Essay
See photos from 16 years of Burning Man's trippy art installations
Lost Suitcase 2013
Performer: Pi Feathersword
A piece of lonely lost luggage – performer Pi Feathersword – wanders disconsolately across the vast plain of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert during Burning Man art festival, 2013. In the distance stands the Burning Man figure.
Artists: Kevan Christiaens, Matt Schultz and the Pier Group
A group of participants and their friends, rowing nowhere in a small landbound dinghy next to the Pier 2 project during the Burning Man art festival, 2012. At the end of the pier is La Llorona, a replica Spanish galleon.
Artists: Lisa Pongrace, Greg Solberg and the Acme Muffineering team.
Rolling cupcake and muffin vehicles roam the vast expanse of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert at the Burning Man art festival, 2006. Each car is unique, and made as a personal project by its respective owner, in collaboration with fellow muffineers.
The Temple of Transition at the Burning Man art festival, 2011. The structure is believed to have been the largest wooden structure, without a foundation, ever built. The Burning Man temples are memorial sites for remembrance and mourning, and are burned at the conclusion of the event.
Artists: Gregg Fleishman, Lightning Clearwater III, and Melissa Barron
Participants gather within the Temple of Whollyness at the Burning Man art festival, 2013. The Burning Man temples are memorial sites for remembrance and mourning, and are burned at the conclusion of the event.
El Pulpo Mecanico, a rolling art vehicle at the Burning Man art festival, 2014. The enormous octopus is constructed from scrap metal, and can wave mechanical tentacles to the obvious joy of participants.
The Temple of Joy, a massive temporary wood structure built for the Burning Man arts festival 2002. A powerful laser beam, built by Russell Wilcox, was installed thousands of feet away across the desert floor, and aligned with an opening in the upper level of the Temple.
Burning Man arts festival participant Kaspian Khalafi stands atop the smoldering embers of the Burning Man effigy, the morning after the burn. The dramatic skies are the result of massive forest fires blowing smoke all the way from Yosemite, California.