Burning Man announces a 100-foot-tall disco ball, known as The Orb

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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.”

BPM banned from Playa del Carmen; victim identities and shooting details confirmed [Breaking]

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State officials have announced that after 10 years, BPM Festival is no longer welcome in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Playa del Carmen’s Mayor of Solidarity Cristina Torres Gómez–a goodwill liaison between tourists and locals–announced that strong regulations will be developed to protect Playa del Carmen’s tourist friendly atmosphere.

Among the regulations, Gómez announced that night activity will be strictly monitored. She also announced an immediate ban on both BPM and the Arena Festival, scheduled to take place in February.

“We want these types of events to go,” Torres Gómez said. “We won’t allow one more.”

The Playa is typically much less violent than the cartel contested regions in mainland Mexico and is often affectionately referred to as the face of Mexico. BPM will likely still hold events in Brazil and Portugal, as was recently announced.

Mexican news sources have also confirmed the names of those injured and deceased and revealed new details about the suspected shooter in the Blue Parrot nightclub shooting that took place early Monday morning during the Elrow closing party at BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

According to several sources including Quintana Roo’s Attorney General, the victims have been identified as Kirk Wilson of Toronto, Daniel Pessina of Italy, Geovanni Francisco Ruiz Murillo of Mexico, and Rafael Antonio Peñalosa Vega of Mexico. While the former three were declared dead on site, Vega died minutes after being admitted to the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), a state run hospital in Playa Del Carmen.

Alejandra Margarita Villanueva Ibarra of the United States has also been confirmed dead by the Attorney General and by her family in Colorado. Reports confirm Ibarra was crushed to death in the stampede to exit when shots broke out inside the club.

The Quintana Roo Prosecutor’s office has confirmed that the altercation took place at 2:28 am, Monday January 16  when a patron was denied entry to the bar for carrying a gun. Quintana Roo Prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech Cen had previously confirmed that four people of interest were being held in relation to the event, but no charges have been filed. He also firmly ruled out any ties to terrorist activity.

State officials also confirmed that the suspect left behind several items including a t-shirt, a Tuarus .38 revolver, and numerous shell casings from several handguns including: 6 .38 revolver shells, 8  9 millimeter shells, and 6 .380 caliber shells.

The Governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquin, confirmed details about the shooting and reiterated the importance of cracking down on violence in the region in a dispatch on the state’s website. “We will implement decisive actions to avoid aggressions of any kind in this state that is the window of Mexico and the pride of all Mexicans,” said Gov. Joaquin. “Measures will be taken to maintaine [sic] the order and security in all of our tourist destinations.”

“All crimes are reprehensible,” he added, “but certainly, the most are those that have consequences for innocent people.”

This article features reporting from Christina Hernandez and Jordan Diaz.

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Watch ABC’s Nightline Documentary On Burning Man 1997

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Burning Man, the modern day behemoth of festival culture, hasn’t always been the massive gathering that it’s come to be. In fact, back in the 90s, the Burn was about 7 times smaller than it is today, and fluctuated between eight and fifteen thousand attendees over what used to be a five day event.

Now, looking upon the immense phenomenon the alternative festival has grown to be, it’s incredible to look back on documentaries about Burning Man in it’s earlier days. In 1997, ABC sent a team to investigate the foundations of Burning Man and share the misunderstood event with America’s televised audience.

Black Rock City looks remarkably the same as it did nearly 20 years ago, though tensions between interlopers and creators seem to be rising once again. ABC even spoke with Burning Man’s co-founder, Larry Harvey, about the magic of the Playa.

“We make the hive, they bring the honey. We create just enough order so that this spontaneous, naturally occurring process called culture, which is born of the interactions with people – that no one can plan, and that no one can control – will begin to happen.”


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Watch the Burning Man 2016 live stream

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Upwards of 70,000 Burners began trickling into Black Rock City on Sunday, August 27 to commence a week of free expression, art, and dancing as part of Burning Man 2016. Spaces within the Playa itself are limited, so organizers have graciously set up a live stream of the gathering for those who could not make it out yet wish to get a glimpse of the proceedings.

The stream began on Sunday evening, and will continue until Burning Man wraps up the following Monday on September 5. Tune in at any point to watch it unfold under the theme of “Da Vinci’s Workshop” as the week progresses.

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Burning Man 2017 Is Getting It’s Own Boeing 747

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As promises of the Playa draw near, and the creative oasis known as Burning Man looms a mere week away, the world is getting hyped for another year of surreal happenings and installations. One such project has caught the attention of many, and has caused more than a couple upsets during its transport to the site of Black Rock City.

A Boeing 747 has been converted into an upscale lounge, weighing in at over 15 tons and boasting enough sultry light fixtures to make even the Jetsons moisten their loins. The 75 foot-long beast of an installation has a set-up and tear-down cost reaching well into the thousands, and part of that is due to the need to shut down roads to transport the thing. This year’s Burners are in for an absolute treat, and we can’t wait to see this piece in action.

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