TOOELE COUNTY, Utah -- It's called Element 11, and it's Utah’s version of the famous Burning Man festival, which is held in Nevada every year. Only this one takes place in the west desert at the Bonneville Seabase.
The non-profit art festival aims to ignite a culture of creativity and self-expression for its 1,200 participants. The artwork at the event is funded by previous years' ticket sales. Volunteers have been working on the pieces for several months. During the festival they burn the artwork. Organizers say for some it signifies love, loss, letting go and moving on.
“It’s amazing because it's an awesome art festival, the art that people bring out is absolutely amazing. It's beautiful, it's innovative,” said Kameron Hammond, a 5-year participant at the festival.
The community is fully secured and has 24-hour medics and security. Firefighters monitor the area during the burns.
If you want to attend Element 11, you'll have to wait until next summer, as this year's event is sold out.