Burning Man

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Viewing a fine spectacle at the burning of the Life Cube

The first Life Cube went up in flames in Fremont East on March 21, 2014.
Photo: L.E. Baskow

The Life Cube | Downtown Las Vegas | March 21, 2014 | 8:11 P.M.

Over the past few months, I visited the site of the Life Cube (read more here) to document the daily changes to the 24-foot-tall painted plywood structure, a creation by artist Scott Cohen that brings Burning Man to the city. Artists from across the country put their own personal touches on the cube, with locals tucking their messages and wishes inside. The night of the burn I scouted the site and secured a spot atop a nearby storage container, scaling a wooden ladder and packing all of my gear up top, along with a tripod. I specifically chose the side of the Life Cube with the painted faces, as I thought it might burn last, which luckily happened. Once the fire was lit, the cube was quickly engulfed and collapsed into itself in minutes. A fine spectacle.


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