Burning Man always proves to be a fascinating topic, as thousands of people from around the world strip away their normal lives and enter into the Playa. The theme of this year’s festival, the first since its founder Larry Harvey’s passing, is derived from Isaac Asimov’s landmark 1950 sci-fi work, I, Robot. Each year, inventive new art installations bring together Burning Man’s larger-than-life theme, from Boeing jet nightclubs to flamethrower scorpion cars, and this year will be no different.
Word has it that a giant 100-foot-tall mirror ball, known as The Orb, will be making its first appearance in the Nevada desert at this year’s burn. The structure was created by a team of Danish architects led by Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange, who together created a 30-ton inflatable — yes, inflatable — disco ball.
“The ORB is a mirror for earth lovers – reflecting the passing daytime, evolving life, and other art works beneath it – A new planet to sci-fi fans, a wayfinder for travellers or just a huge disco ball to those who love a good party. Visible from most of The Playa, it will help Burners navigate the desert and find way. At night, the ORB will blend entirely into its surroundings and become part of the desert. The ORB is a tribute to mother earth and human expression – designed to easily inflate and deflate, leaving no trace on the Playa.”