Burning Man's Mutant Vehicles

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were…" – Carl Sagan

The people of Burning Man, commonly referred to as "Burners", have created their own little microcosm in the middle of the desert. Their world is built on imagination and invention. Everything is an expression of who the person really is or who they wish they could be. There communities and tribes triumph as they let go of the rules that have been given to them by our society and create their own version of what life is.

The Department of Mutant Vehicles (DMV) gives inspections to each vehicle that arrives at Black Rock City (where Burning Man is held), making sure that each vehicle helps to maintain the standards of the community. There are particular requirements for each Mutant Vehicle to obtain licensing by the Department of Mutant Vehicles, and not all Mutant Cars get accepted. Photographer Timothy O’Malley was kind enough to send us images of some of the ones that did make the cut.

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