Burning Man 2012
San Francisco cleared out considerably over the weekend as tens of thousands of artists, dreamers, hippies, techies, corporate professionals, newcomers and veteran Burners made a mass exodus to Nevada for the annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock desert.
But Burning Man isn't just a week-long celebration of human expression. Its community thrives all year round, especially here in the Bay Area, where the whole thing began modestly among a small group of friends on Baker Beach in 1986.
And preparing for the big event is the core focus of many attendees' energy. Participants spend months before the event designing intricate campsites, organizing performances, building ornate sculptures, constructing the famous "art cars" that will navigate the festival grounds and holding flashy fundraisers to pay for their creations.
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