This Monday marks the kick off of the United States’s best-loved annual display of counterculture anarchism, pyromania, and post-apocalyptic costumes, Burning Man. This year, 50,000 lucky ticket-holders will make their way to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (an area burners refer to as “the playa”) and spend a week in the dust. The few rules are simple: no cars, no buying or selling (gifts only), and no anti-social behavior. The results, however, are extraordinary. Burning Man is a pop-up community that flames out (literally) in a riot of ramshackle homesteads, surreal performances, and giant sculptures.
Each year, Burning Man sets aside a portion of its ticket sales to fund the creation of collaborative art projects created by the festival’s participants. For the 2012 edition, 45 projects have been given grants, but many more will be created out of the Nevada sand, including a series in Black Rock City and in the event’s famed café. Below, find our selection of the 10 coolest grant projects at the 2012 Burn.