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Oops! Burning Man stuck upside-down, without head


Amid sporadic dust storms and pre-event rainfall, some art installations are behind schedule.

This article originally appeared on Reno Gazette Journal

The main attraction at Burning Man is stuck upside-down.

Burning Man, a 70,000-person arts gathering in Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, centers around the torching of a more than 40-foot-tall effigy built of wood each year. This year’s effigy was inspired by the Vitruvian Man, a drawing of a man with perfect proportions sketched by Leonardo da Vinci in 1490. The theme for this year’s burn is da Vinci’s workshop.

Crews raised the man above the Renaissance-style piazza on Sunday but discovered that the gear that is supposed to rotate the man like a Ferris wheel was broken. He still is without a wooden head as well.

The man site, including the piazza, is expected to open Tuesday morning since crews are expected to work through the night on the project.


Read the full story by Jenny Kane at the Reno Gazette-Journal

Cover photo courtesy of Andy Barron

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