Burning Man

Reno-Tahoe Int’l Airport ready for Burning Man fans

Burning Man Mini Man at Reno-Tahoe Airport
Burning Man 2014 runs from August 25 through September 1 and Reno-Tahoe International Airport is ready to welcome the more than 15,000 “Burners” who will be flying in to attend the festival.

The airport welcomes the Burnes with a welcome area set up in the Baggage Claim to dispense travel information, an eight-foot-tall Mini-Man in the terminal and an art exhibit courtesy of Black Rock Arts Foundation in the depARTures Gallery, which is on the second floor.

Burning Man is the single largest annual event to pass through the airport and has a big impact on the airport’s bottom line: Burners spend more than $10 million on airline tickets, car rentals and on food and gifts in the airport’s restaurants and retail shops.

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Reno-Tahoe Int’l Airport loves the Burners

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Mini Man at Reno-Tahoe Int’l Airport

 

The 2013 Burning Man Festival has wrapped up and by now most of the 61,000 “Burners” are on their way home from Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.

At least 15,000 of the revelers passed through Reno-Tahoe International Airport, which is more than happy to have them: according to airport officials, Burning Man is the single largest annual event to pass through the airport, bringing with it an estimated economic impact of $11 million from airline ticket sales, car rentals and money spent in the restaurants and retail shops.

To make the Burners feel welcome, the airport had a eight foot tall Mini-Man in the terminal and, in the airport gallery, an exhibit of art from the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

And the airport was well-prepared after the event:

Because Burners must take out everything they brought into the Black Rock Desert, many of them bring their trash to the airport and dump it there. “We place extra large trash repositories on the curb for this purpose,” said airport spokeswoman Heidi Jared.

And because everyone’s stuff is covered in dust and sand from the desert, airlines wrap all checked bags in plastic or place them in a tub. “If luggage were not treated this way, the sand would clog up the airline bag belt system,” said Jared.

“Mini Man” honors Burning Man at Reno-Tahoe airport

Burning Man, a wild week-long party that organizers say is “dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance,” kicked off today in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.

About 15,000 of the 50,000 “Burners” will arrive via the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, which is rolling out a welcome mat that includes “Mini Man,” (above) – an 8-foot tall replica of the 40 foot Burning Man.

During peak arrival times, volunteers will staff a welcome area at the entrance to Baggage Claim and through October 15 the airport’s Connector Collections Gallery is hosting an exhibit titled Burning Man: Baker Beach to Black Rock Desert and Beyond, that tells the history of Burning Man through art and artifacts.

More about the Burning Man exhibit at Reno-Tahoe International Airport

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The folks at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport sent along some more information about the airport’s  Burning Man exhibit and how hosting the artwork is helping to build bridges between the community and the “Burners”.

According to airport spokesman Brian Kulpin:

“For many years, the local community did not embrace the Burning Man event.   But over the past few years, we have been building our relationship with the “Burners”.  Last year we hosted a Burning Man welcome center in baggage claim to help offer information and transportation to the Burners. We offered a sign-in book, and people from 30 different countries signed in.”

Kulpin says the current exhibit, which is curated by the Black Rock Arts Foundation (the artistic wing of Burning Man) includes 48 photographs of the event as well as three display cases of memorabilia and two sculptures.  It will be in place through September.

reno-burning-man-patches-weststudioAnd sometime in July the airport will host an event featuring performing artists from Burning Man, music and guest speakers.

We’ll let you know when that gets scheduled.

(Photos courtesy Flickr user weststudio. Thanks.)

Burning Man exhibit, free Wi-Fi and free local calls at Reno Airport

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is working its way up the “cool airport” list.  The airport has slot machines, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary “productivity centers” (thank-you Reno-Gazette Journal) complete with electrical outlets and work tables. The airport also offers free local and toll-free calls from phones in the three Productivity Centers (the Main Lobby by Brew Brothers; Gate C1 and in the Gate B2 area) and on several cylinders in the Baggage Claim area.

phone5And through September 14, 2009, the airport is hosting an exhibit featuring artwork from the Burning Man art event and celebration that takes place in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada each summer.

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FROM PLAYA TO RUNWAY: THE ART OF BURNING MAN – includes photos from 2000-2008, a wall devoted to the festival’s non-profit outreach groups, and artifacts from the event.

Look for it in the 2nd floor Concourse Gallery, between Concourse B and C, until September 14, 2009.

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(Photo courtesy Flickr user weststudio)

Travelers seem to be enjoying this exhibit; in the Burning Blog comment section, an airport employee wrote that she’d overheard a traveler leaving a voice message for a friend, “that went something like this: ‘Hey, I’m in Reno and I am looking at a Burning Man exhibit in the airport. I’m sure that I’ll find you in one of these photos…yep, there you are. You look like you’re having a great time. Call me.”