The Burning Man – a festival that brings together all different walks of life for one week out of every year – is in the process of becoming its very own municipality.
Right now, the festival takes place in Black Rock Desert during one week of every summer. Thousands of artists, hippies and nomads alike gather to create a miniature temporary metropolis centered on free expression and communal living.
For the past several years, Burning Man organizers including co-founder Will Rogers have envisioned extending the festival past it’s brief presence into a permanent community for people to live and create art in harmony with the surrounding nature.
Although the idea appears to look unrealistic, plans are currently underway to create a permanent city in the area known as Fly Ranch
Fly Ranch is a 4,000-acre piece of land in Northern Nevada close to Rock City. The area is practically designed to be an artist’s playground, filled with Nevada’s finest natural wonders including hot springs and a natural geyser.
The land features hot springs and a beautiful natural geyser.
On top of the aesthetically pleasing backdrop, visitors and residents of Fly Ranch city can experience an experimental civilization. Much like Burning Man, Fly Ranch will be different from your average town. Project organizers anticipate creating a city with it’s own set of rules that revolve around the existing 10 principles of Burning Man.
Residents will either build their homes or purchase a place in the communal village.
According to a report in New York Magazine, one potential plan for the city is to use only natural resources for infrastructures as well as keeping the land open with no fences to enclose or exclude property. Residents will either build their own homes or purchase a place in the communal village.
For now, the Fly Ranch project is exclusively in its preliminary planning stages, meaning the organizers are still in the process of obtaining the required permits, before they create outlines for the city. However, ideas are already in place including a wide range art gallery, camping grounds, and a conference center.
The community aims to be completely self-sustaining
The main concern for planning the city is preserving the land contained in Fly Ranch. Organizers hope to build a completely self-sustaining area by using natural energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines.
Of course, none of this will be possible without funding, which apparently is still largely undetermined for the Fly Ranch project. While crowd funding and ticket prices from the Burning Man festival help to make a contribution, it doesn’t quite cover the Fly Ranch $11 million property price tag.
Some investors are rumored to be interested in the project, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and have had extensive tours of the Burning Man festival grounds. These potential funds could be the difference between the project becoming a reality or remaining a fantasy.
The Fly Ranch property is worth$11 million, but Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have shown interest in the project.
With the growing popularity of the Burning Man Festival, it seems to be only a matter of time before the annual event becomes a permanent place for the thousands of artists and nomads looking for an alternative community to call “home.”