On June 21 1986, Larry Harvey and Jerry James lit a wooden man on fire at Baker Beach in San Francisco. That's how the infamous festival known as Burning Man was born. The two founders decided to make it an annual tradition, but their wooden effigy became so huge (over 40 feet high) that they soon had to move locations. Since 1990 the festival has taken place in Black Rock Desert, Nev.
"This is the Temple of Transition, a massive art installation," said photographer Scott London, who shot the event. "At the time, the temple of was rumored to be the largest wooden temporary installation in the world. As sprawling dreamlike structure made up of five small temples and a center tower rising about 120 feet about the desert floor."
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