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Photos of Burning Man 2013

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Every year, participants in the Burning Man Festival descend on the playa of Nevada's Black Rock Desert to form a temporary city -- a self-reliant community populated by performers, artists, free spirits, and more. Last week, an estimated 68,000 people came to Burning Man 2013 from all over the world to dance, express themselves, and take in the spectacle. Gathered below are some of the sights from the festival, which lasted a week and came to its conclusion yesterday. [33 photos]

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The Man burns during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, on August 31, 2013. The federal government issued a permit for 68,000 people from all over the world to gather at the sold out festival, which is celebrating its 27th year, to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)
The Man burns during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, on August 31, 2013. The federal government issued a permit for 68,000 people from all over the world to gather at the sold out festival, which is celebrating its 27th year, to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)
An aerial view of the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival, in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, on August 29, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
A closer look, an aerial view of the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival campground, on August 29, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
A participant bicycles away from the effigy of the Man during Burning Man 2013 in the Black Rock Desert, on August 29, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Bourg) #
The sun sets over the "Cradle of Mir" art installation during Burning Man 2013, on August 30, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Bourg) #
Participants dance in a dome during the "Gold Bikini Happy Hour" hosted by Rat Camp during Burning Man 2013, on August 30, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Bourg) #
Ranger Beauty, her "Playa" name, mans the perimeter around the Man before it is burnt in the Black Rock Desert, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Rochelle Schieck of Los Angeles dances by the "Truth is Beauty" sculpture created by Marco Cochrane at the 2013 Burning Man festival, on August 30, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Bourg) #
Krissy Humphreys performs with fire at sunrise at the Temple of Whollyness during Burning Man 2013, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Mutant vehicles drive across the Playa during Burning Man 2013, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Christin Meador is towed along the Playa by Adam Johnson at sunrise during Burning Man 2013, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
The Man, the day before the burn, on August 30, 2013. Original here. (CC BY ND Bexx Brown-Spinelli) #
Staring up at the Man on August 27, Burning Man 2013, Black Rock City, Nevada. Original here. (CC BY SA Cory Doctorow) #
Katherine Cadger and Kevin Rae watch the sunrise at the Temple of Whollyness during Burning Man 2013, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Church-Trap, sculpture on the the Playa, Burning Man 2013, Black Rock City, Nevada. Original here. (CC BY SA Cory Doctorow) #
Dust envelops art installations during Burning Man 2013, on September 1, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Burning Man participant Virginia Biney from Philadelphia poses next to an art installation on the Playa, during the Burning Man Festival, on August 30, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Bourg) #
Pippin, his Playa name, chats on the phone with God during Burning Man 2013, on September 1, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Rasika Mathur (left) and Grant Ball read messages left by participants at sunrise at the Temple of Whollyness, during Burning Man, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Messages, left by participants at the Temple of Whollyness, during the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Playa sculpture, photographed on August 30, 2013. Original here. (CC BY ND Bexx Brown-Spinelli) #
Dust envelops the Man before it burns in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Participants dance during Burning Man 2013, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Participants begin to gather for the burning of the Man, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
The Temple of Whollyness is burned on the Playa, on September 1, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
A participant makes her way around the flames as the Temple of Whollyness burns during Burning Man 2013, on September 1, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Burning Man participants walk towards the Temple of Whollyness as it burns in the Black Rock desert, late September 1, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Bourg) #
Ashlie Jump (left) and Boonda, his Playa name, watch as the Temple of Whollyness is burned during Burning Man 2013, on September 1, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
The Temple of Whollyness burns at the conclusion of the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival, late September 1, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Bourg) #
The Man, at the start of the burn, in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
The Man burns, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
Jed Vassallo (left) and Erin Bohlmann cheer as the Man burns during Burning Man 2013, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
The Man burns during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival, on August 31, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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