Art Discovery experiences are offered by ARTery volunteers and were started as a way for Black Rock City participants who have mobility challenges to experience the highlights of the art on playa. We offer many options for exploring the incredible art in BRC.
Please stop by the ARTery at 6:30 and Esplanade or read through the details below if you are interested in participating. The ARTery’s hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm every day 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 10:00 am on 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 Art 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 persons
- Parents with small children
Bringing a companion to assist you is ok. Assistance will be available for boarding the mutant vehicles.
Deaf or Mobility-Challenged Art Discovery on Mutant Vehicle
For deaf or mobility-challenged folks and friends, we offer guided Art Discovery experiences by trained Burning Man Art Department volunteers with ASL interpreters. The tours are on mutant vehicles that leave at 10:00 am on Wednesday and Thursday only. Art Discovery tours last 2 hours, weather permitting, and may include meet-ups with artists at their artworks. Each tour covers half of the open playa. To experience the entire playa, be sure to catch both Deaf & Mobility-Challenged tours.
Art Discovery by Bike
Morning guided bike tours start at 10:00 am on Tuesday through Friday. Sunset bike tours start at 7:00 pm on Monday through Thursday. Meet at the bright pink Art Discovery sign at 6:30 and Esplanade and look for the guide with the big pink flag. Participants can choose to tour one of the four quadrants of the open playa with a trained guide; join at any point and come & go as you please. Tickets are not needed; just show up at the pink sign and ride along with your fellow art lovers for fun and discovery.
Art Discovery on Foot
Sunset guided walking tours go from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It’s a great opportunity for photography during the magic hours for light. Meet at the bright pink Art Discovery sign in front of the ARTery at 6:30 and Esplanade; look for the guide with the pink Art Discovery flag.
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 playa art! Each day features interviews and panel discussions about three different projects. Hear the artists’ stories, 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 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2:30 – 4:00 pm at the Center Camp Speak Easy stage.
Wednesday, August 30
- Walker Babington, New Orleans, LA: Burden of The Beast
- Mr & Mrs Ferguson, Alameda, CA: Lincoln Bear
- Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti, Petaluma, CA: Chapel of Babel
Thursday, August 31
- KJ Boheme & Stefan Spins, New York, NY:, Exquisite Animalus
- Mark Rivera, Bayamón, Puerto Rico: Jíbaro Soy…
- Alexia DeFluff, Les Roches l’Evêque, France: Conversation with a Squad
Friday, September 1
- Ela Madej & Reed Findlay, San Francisco & Ojai, CA: Temple of the Heart
- Zulu Heru & the Burger Boyz, LA and Petaluma, CA: Farmer the Rigger
- NiNo Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico: ATABEY’s Treasure
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 Art Discovery volunteers have carefully crafted for you.