Art Discovery

Art Discovery experiences are offered by ARTery volunteers known as AD-Libbers (Art Discovery Librarians), and were started as a way for Black Rock City citizens who have mobility challenges to experience highlights of the art on playa. We offer lots of options for you to explore the incredible art on playa.

Please stop by the ARTery at 6:30 and Esplanade or read through the details below if you are interested participating. The ARTery’s hours are 9am to 6pm every day (closed for lunch from 1-2pm) and we would love to see you!

Art Discovery on Mutant Vehicles for Mobility-Challenged Participants

For mobility-challenged folks, we offer guided Art Discovery experiences on mutant vehicles that leave at 11:00am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. They last 1.5 hours to 2 hours, weather permitting. Held on mutant vehicles that have generously donated their time to the tours, each tour has a guide who will facilitate the discovery experience. These tours will depart from Mobility Camp in the Center Camp Ring. Sign up at Mobility Camp. Mobility-challenged is defined as:

  • People with health issues that affect their ability to get around
  • Pregnant women
  • Parents with small children
  • Seniors

Bringing a companion to assist you is ok. Assistance will be available for boarding the mutant vehicles. 

Art Discovery by Bike

Morning guided bike tours start at 10:00am Tuesday through Friday. We also offer sunset bike tours from 7:00 -9:00pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Meet at the bright pink ADT (Art Discovery Tour) signs at 3:00 and Esplanade or 9:00 and Esplanade next to the Art Car Bus Stop and look for the guide with the big pink flag. Guides will continuously circle each quadrant for 2 hours; join at any point and come & go as you please. Tickets are not needed; just show up at the ADT signs and go along with your fellow art lovers for fun and discovery.

Art Discovery on Foot

Sunset guided walking tours go from 5:30-7:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. It’s a great opportunity for photography during the magic hours for light. Meet in front of the ARTery at 6:30 and Esplanade; look for the guide with the pink Art Discovery flag.

Art Speaks

One of the many wonderful things about art at Burning Man is the opportunity to meet the artists alongside their work. At Art Speaks discover the inspiration & artistic process behind large-scale playa art! Each day features interviews and panel discussions about 3 different projects. Hear the stories from the artists themselves, learn about the materials they used, and what technologies they employed. Ask your own questions to the creators. Most importantly, learn the WHY and gain a deeper appreciation of the art. Interviews and discussions moderated by Art Professor John Valentino
Wednesday, ThursdayFriday 2:00 – 3:30pm at the Everywhere/ARTery Pavilion

Wednesday, August 29

Thursday, August 30

Friday, August 31

Art Discovery Audio Guide

The 2018 Art Discovery Audio Guide is now available! Thanks to the ARTery’s Jim Tierney (a.k.a. Anarchist Jim) for this awesome art guide featuring great behind-the-scenes information about many of this year’s honoraria art installations. It’s available now on SoundCloud so you can listen while you pack or head out to BRC and prepare for your awesome art-filled playa experience.

Self-Guided Tour Map

Take your own tour! Pick up a paper copy of the Self-Guided Tour Map at the ARTery (6:30 & Esplanade) which our AD-Libbers have carefully crafted for you.

“Meet the Artist” Tour

Creators of certain pieces are interviewed and the tour is broadcast on BMIR for the entire city to enjoy. This happens on Thursday at 11:00 am. Tune in to BMIR at 94.5FM to listen in.