Most Incredible Sculptures of AfrikaBurn 2013


AfrikaBurn is an annual event held in the deserts of the Tankwa Karoo in South Africa that invites artists to display their work and then eventually light it up in a blaze of glory, in true Burning Man fashion. The regional event, which most recently hosted approximately 6,500 people, follows the same eleven guiding principles as Nevada’s famed Burning Man festival, encouraging “communal effort, decommodification and total expression of the self.”

Following the basic guidelines, the festival’s 2013 Archetypes theme welcomed thousands of visitors and participants with some truly incredible installations. One of the most prominent figures included artist Daniel Popper’s massive, 9-meter-high sculpture of a man with outstretched arms. The three-story structure was fitted with custom LED lights with seventeen different simulations programmed by Justin Eastman. Other structures ranged from abstract pieces of land art to illuminated pathways.

Check out some of the best photos of AfrikaBurn 2013, below.

Top photo via Ben Malandrios / Artist: Daniel Popper and Chris Shelvey / Artwork title: Reflection


Sarah Duff / Artist: Daniel Popper and Chris Shelvey / Artwork title: Reflection


Daniel Popper / Artist: Daniel Popper and Chris Shelvey / Artwork title: Reflection


Jonx Pillemer / Artist: Daniel Popper and Chris Shelvey / Artwork title: Reflection


Jonx Pillemer / Artist: Daniel Popper and Chris Shelvey / Artwork title: Reflection


Jonx Pillemer / Artist: Kim Goodwin / Artwork title: The Wattle Tower


Jonx Pillemer / Artist: Kim Goodwin / Artwork title: The Wattle Tower


Jonx Pillemer / Artist: Kim Goodwin / Artwork title: The Wattle Tower


Jonx Pillemer / Artist: Kim Goodwin / Artwork title: The Wattle Tower (Lara Kirsten performing on piano


ZA SiTES / Artist: Verity Maud / Artwork Title: Psychels


Jonx Pillemer / Artist: Verity Maud / Artwork Title: Psychels


Jonx Pillemer / Artists: Fata Morgana Crew / Artwork Title: Lizzie


ZA SiTES / Artists: Fata Morgana Crew / Artwork Title: Lizzie


Sarah Duff / Artist: Kim Goodwin / Artwork Title: The Earth Pods


Sean Furlong / Artist: Kim Goodwin / Artwork Title: The Earth Pods


Sarah Duff / Artist: Kim Goodwin / Artwork Title: The Earth Pods


Jonx Pillemer / Artist: Justin Eastman / Artwork Title: Tunnel of Questionable Enlightenment


Sean Furlong / Artist: Justin Eastman / Artwork Title: Tunnel of Questionable Enlightenment


Sarah Duff Artist: T.N.T / Artwork Title: Archeclan


Jonx Pillemer / Artist: T.N.T / Artwork Title: Archeclan


Jonx Pillemer Artist: T.N.T / Artwork Title: Archeclan


Simon Max Bannister / Artist: Simon Max Bannister / Artwork Title: Compression


Simon Max Bannister / Artist: Simon Max Bannister / Artwork Title: Compression


Simon Max Bannister / Artist: Simon Max Bannister / Artwork Title: Compression

AfrikaBurn website



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