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Favorite ThisThis is why every festival steals Burning Man art.

Published: September 14, 2016

Photos by: Andrew Jorgensen for The Confluence

The influx of massive art installations and on-site galleries at festivals has grown incrementally over the past few years, due in large part to the larger-than-life behemoths that decorate Black Rock City each Labor Day Weekend. Whether it's the overly festooned art cars, the stationary monstrosities that rise out of the dust, or even the Man, itself, the trend towards more art at festivals has one driving influence and that is Burning Man.

While art arms race ratchets up around the country, the inventive innovation that rides into Nevada late each summer continues to summon the best and the brightest to the Burn first, before these pieces find their ways to other events during the year. It's almost become a central clearinghouse where promoters and organizers take notes as they swing by on their pink unicycles for which installation or art piece they should buttonhole for their fest next year.

The big sound camps like Questionmark and Robot Heart attract a lot of attention, but golly--Space Whale looks pretty damn cool, huh?

No complaints here. The art is incredible, and it has a dazzling effect on the crowd. If that emphasis on art and imagination inspires the corporate world and the indie festivals, alike, it's a more beautiful world out there.

One of the scene's most highly sought after photographers hit the Playa this year to get all dusty for The Confluence. Andrew Jorgensen has been shooting this corner of the music industry for a decade, popping up at some of our favorites like Lightning in a Bottle and Coachella, but makes his bread and butter in the commercial world snagging high-profile clients from his base in San Diego.

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