Burning Man continues to set down permanent roots, buys parcels of land in nearby town
One of Burning Man‘s primary features is the pop-up community the festival builds ever year in the Black Rock Desert. This aura of impermanence is an essential feature to the festival’s appeal and its ethos of leaving no trace once the celebration is concluded. However, in recent months the organization that produces the festival has shown a willingness to put down permanent roots with the purchase of the 3,800-acre Fly Ranch nearby the Nevada town of Gerlach, the closest town to the festival’s annual site.
Furthering this new direction is the festival’s recent purchase of seven parcels of land — a full town block — in Gerlach proper. The land was sold by local landowner and celebrity Giovanni “Bruno” Selmi, who owns the town’s diner, motel, and — this being Nevada — gambling hall. Burning Man has offered no plans for its recent purchase, though it’s safe to assume it will be in line with the spirit and lifestyle espoused by the festival.
H/T: Magnetic Mag