As thousands of makers from around the world descend upon the Black Rock Desert each summer, Reno is the last major stopping point before entering Black Rock City,, and the first stop on the way out. As the gateway to Burning Man, Reno has been the recipient of dozens of incredible art made by world-renowned artists over the years, whose work is displayed across temporary and permanent installations in and around Midtown and Downtown Reno.
Embark on a self-guided walking tour though Midtown, the Reno Riverwalk District, and Downtown Reno with the help of Art Spot Reno’s Playa Trail online map. Here, you can find specific sculptures with directions, more information about the artist, when it first debuted on the Playa, artist statements, biographies, detailed concepts, and more. While newer Burning Man art installations can also be found along Reno’s Neon Line District, some permanent installations and their locations include:
- Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg’s “Believe”, first displayed at Burning Man in 2013 now on permanent display at Reno City Plaza
- Kate Raudenbush’s “Guardian of Eden”, first displayed at Burning Man in 2007 now on permanent display at the Nevada Museum of Art
- Jerry Snyder and the Pier Group’s “Ichthyosaur Puppet”, first displayed at Burning Man in 2013 now on permanent display at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum
- Mark Szulgit’s “Reno Star”, first displayed at Burning Man in 2013 now on permanent display at South McCarran and Virginia Streets
- Ryan Jackson’s “Pan’s Perch”, first displayed at Burning Man in 2007 now displayed at River School Farm
For more information on all permanent and temporary Burning Man installations, the artists who made them and their specific locations, and an interactive map of Reno’s Playa Art Trail, click here or get in touch with Art Spot Reno directly at (775) 250-1278. And be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more Burning Man sculptures when you find yourself in Fernley, Carson City, and (of course) Las Vegas—especially at the Downtown Container Park.
With some of the most free publicly displayed artwork in the West, take a self-guided walking tour of Reno’s Playa Art Trail 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While every piece is undoubtedly photogenic no matter the time of day you choose to visit, remember almost all of the installations include some sort of nighttime lighting. As with photographing neon, the magic hour for your best photo ops tends to be after sunset but before it becomes completely dark.
This self-guided walking tour is free, with no admission required.