According to Wikipedia “Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September, which coincides with the American Labour Day holiday. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Saturday evening. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.”
In Second Life the “Burning Life” event started back in 2003, at the time with land sponsored by Linden Lab, although the residents wishing to participate had to pay L$ 1,600 for a 40×40 plot, being that amount refunded after the event was over. The following years a lottery was implemented and the plots granted had a 512sqm area.
Since then, every year we have been having a Burn event which has been following the themes of the RL Burning Man, starting in 2003 with just 2 sims and in 2007 we see the event spread across 18 islands.
In 2010, the name of the event was changed to Burn 2 and due to the huge downsizing at Linden Lab, the event started to be resident supported and LL stopped supplying the sims where the festivities took place.
The RL Burning Man organization was aware from the beginning of the virtual event and, from 2008 on, some of the actual RL Burning Man organizers were inworld to guide residents and assure that the spirit and principles would be the same in both worlds.
I have to confess that on previous years I was lagging so badly that I barely managed to see a couple of buildings and taking pictures was definitely not an option, so I just surfed the web looking for photos and machinima (check it out, there are really great ones) and kicked my computer for the lack of strength to handle lag.
This year things are a bit better and Gemma Cleanslate was a dear providing me with a bunch of LMs and off I went.
I was just there for half an hour or so but I leave you here some of the pictures I took, raw from SL, except for signature. More to come. I’ll keep you posted… well, not you the pics… ok, whatever, you know what I mean 😉
There is a lot to be seen and it will end Sunday so hurry hurry, click that TPbutton and wear your shoes off on the cracked sand of Burn.
(Click pics for better view)