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Midnight, August 25. Main gates open in one minute. Art-cars entertain thousand of Burners with dance music and a light show.

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Laura invites you to dance. For the next eight days.

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Or just take an afternoon stroll.

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Watched over by a friendly robot, one of many at the burn as this year’s title/theme is I, ROBOT.

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This installation was supposed to be the world’s largest disco ball, reflecting light from multiple lasers. Until the creator realised that playa dust would stop its mirrors from reflecting and decided to leave them off. Disco bald?

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Disco bald with Burning Man in distance.

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Different part of the playa, this time with the Temple in distance.

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A street map and guide book are given to Burners on arrival. The guide contains names, descriptions and dates/times of the hundreds of events, bars, discos and other activities taking place. Many of the smaller camps have witty, rude and/or seriously non-pc names. This one is probably some kind of daily how-to workshop helping men improve their attitude. With free bar, of course. Always a free bar.

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Useless shit.

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The Donald was not popular with Burners.

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Hey, Donald! Over here!

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World’s largest art-car. Highways were closed and major roads diverted so that this monster could be transported to Burning Man (max 10mph). And all for a mere eight days of playa action.

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UFO hovers of the playa, cleverly disguised as a giant smoke ring. Source: BRC Advertiser, Sept 3 1958.

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Dust storms are a regular occurrence in the Black Rock desert and this has been one of them. Fortunately, it only lasted for one day.

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Rabid Transport, my favourite art-car.

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Not a stray tent or cleverly disguised art-car, but an art installation in deep playa. A mannequin family are seated inside.

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Spectacular installation comprised of hundreds of vertical transparent tubes with multi-coloured LED strips inside. The lights constantly changed colour and ‘shape’, creating an immersive and unsettling light-forest for Burners to walk through.

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Even upskirting’s OK on the playa. Welcomed, in fact.

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Pop-up parties, weddings and other events not listed in the guide regularly appear on the playa, complete with portable sound system, lots of people and a free bar.

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Installation depicting American liberty being shot down by the Donald-supported NRA. Strangely popular with young couples as a backdrop for photos, apparently unaware of the what’s going on behind them.

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Barbie offers a warm but slightly creepy welcome to her Death Camp.

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Please take my picture…I am so stoned!

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Hostess with the mostess, Deb, spruik’s the daily Mad Hatter tea party, 3-5pm.

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Has anyone seen the vicar?.

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One lump or two?

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A well brought-up young ‘gel.

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Comment on harsh sentencing practices and massive overcrowding of the largely privatised US prisons.

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You do know who you are, don’t you?

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Yes, you are allowed to climb this. Without a safety harness.

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Laura says you can go home, now.