Every year for nine days the magical Black Rock City springs to life in the Black Rock Desert. On the final day, the temporary city with a population of 70,000 returns to sand and dust leaving behind nothing but memories and spectacular photos. Here are a couple dozen images from Burning Man 2017 capturing the extraordinary structures that made up 2017’s radical ritual.

(Update Sept. 5, 2017, 8:46 a.m.) It has been brought to our attention that a couple of these images are from Burning Mans past. It appears some Instagram glory hounds are reposting old photos taken by others and tagging as #burningman2017. We’re doing our best to clear out images that aren’t from 2017. If you see any time anomalies below please do let us know.

 

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