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As part of this year’s Burning Man theme, Rites of Passage, over twenty regional communities have built monuments representing their cities for the Circle of Regional Effigies installation, a ring of structures encircling the eponymous Man at a distance of 600 feet.

“The sculptures’ placement in a ring around the Man suggests the progress of the Burning Man culture radiating outward from the main fire at our center, out into the larger world,” says the effigies’ Facebook page. “The projects will culminate in a shared burn event on Thursday night.”

Representing San Diego is, perhaps not surprisingly, a 20 foot tall golden sun effigy on a pedestal that will be inscribed with messages to the larger community from San Diego burners (about 2,000 people are expected to make the pilgrimage from America's Finest City this year) while broadcasting recordings made at local beaches. Controls at the base of the structure will allow passersby to play with LED lights mounted around the installation.

The project, called Quemaduras del Sol (“sunburn"), was constructed by a team of about 20 volunteers led by Demian Dorrance.

The crew raised $1,735 of the estimated $4,150 budget ($1,200 alone goes towards transportation to the remote desert location outside of Reno) with the help of a Kickstarter campaign.

Sign up as a volunteer to hang out at the effigy and chat with other burners about San Diego or whatever (come share a beer with yours truly from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday) or clean up with the Leave No Trace team.

There will be a San Diego meet and greet party at Quemaduras del Sol, located at 8:30 and 600’, on Tuesday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Bring booze, snacks, tricks, treats, and what-have-yous to share with fellow San Diego burners before the thing goes down in a blaze of glory on Thursday night.

Unfortunately, if you don’t already have your ticket, you are probably out of luck this year. For the first time since its 1986 inception, Burning Man sold out a few months ago, leaving thousands, including many scheduled musicians, without tickets.

The numbers haven’t been released, but sales hit the maximum capacity (somewhere beyond last year’s 51,454 attendees) allowed by the Bureau of Land Management, who regulates the Black Rock Desert location.

For more information about this week-long art, music, and everything else festival, check out Burning Man’s website. Better yet, just go next year. After all, the website warns:

"Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind."


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