The famous Burning Man festival features a temporary city that is erected like a piece of perishable art that vanishes into the desert. For years it has attracted musicians and artists emphasizing “radical inclusion” and “self-reliance”, a space for “counter-cultural expression”. Members who spend months preparing their costumes and sculptures have complained that super-rich attendees have removed the artistic roots of the festival in favor of luxury accommodations. Some guests pay $100,000 for luxury chefs, air conditioning and beds, but are commoditizing the event that was created for artistic reality and modesty. The Burning Man festival team took note of this and banned certain accommodation groups as a result.
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