Photographer Michael Holden captures the fiery blaze of sculptures being incinerated at Burning Man. The event, which is an annual gathering of artists and their wooden creations in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, has been growing in popularity over the last few years, drawing in crowds of over 50,000 people. Each year, the week-long event culminates into a massive, festive celebration of communal art and “radical self-expression” as each sculptural piece is ignited and engulfed by the dancing flames.
Holden, who hails from Seattle, Washington, has amassed a sizable portfolio filled with photographs from Burning Man over the last five years. The photographer’s collection documents the towering wooden sculptures both in their concrete entirety and amidst a singeing inferno. Simply by browsing through Holden’s images, one gets the immense and grandeur scale of the artistic event. It is clearly quite a spectacle. Take a look at some of his photos from this year’s event, below.