Arts Desk

Washington Monument Replica Shoots Flames at Burning Man

Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a story about D.C.'s growing Burning Man scene, focusing on one local group's efforts to construct and burn a 20-foot replica of the Washington Monument at the yearly festival in Black Rock City, Nev. It seemed like the project, called National Treasure, was kind of a stretch—it cost around $10,000, and the whole thing didn't start to come together until pretty late in the game. (The festival ran Aug. 27-Sept. 3.) But the burners pulled it off, and we've got the photos to prove it.

Pictures of National Treasure went up on Facebook earlier today. See more below.

Lead artist Kelly Kalac

National Treasure blew bubbles during the day

Double flame action

Before festival's end, the sculpture is burned (intentionally)

Photos by David Shawl

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