We just learned about an awesome annual festival called the Afrika Burns Creative Projects or AfrikaBurn. It’s an official Burning Man regional event which has been taking place in the desert of the Tankwa Karoo National Park in South Africa since 2007. Like Burning Man, attendees gather to create a temporary city of art, some of which is fantastically set ablaze at the festival’s end.
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.”
The theme for AfrikaBurn 2013 was Archetypes. One of the festival’s most striking installations was South African artist Daniel Popper’s 9-meter-tall, 3 level wooden sculpture of a man, from the waist up, with arms outstretched, entitled Reflections. The center of the giant’s chest cavity was fitted with a custom LED infinity mirror heart with 17 different simulations programed by Justin Eastman.
Click here for video of Reflections’ spectacular nighttime LED light show.
Photos via Daniel Popper, Jonx Pillemer, and Berend Maarsingh respectively.
Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more amazing photos from last year’s AfrikaBurn festival.