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04 September 2014

British Library X Burning Man Festival: From King’s Cross to the Nevada desert

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Hello readers. My lovely colleagues Sophie McIvor and Mahendra Mahey have just written a blog post about how the Library’s digital collections inspired an installation at the Burning Man Festival. Wow, what an unexpected and inspiring use of library collections!

You can read the full article here, but here is a quick summary. Last year the Library digitised and uploaded a million images from our 19th century book collection onto Flickr Commons. This means that you can remix, re-use and repurpose the images as you want. Take a look for yourself, it's an incredible resource.

David Normal, a California-based artist with a special interest in 19th century illustration, created four large-scale pieces for the Festival, using the images from our Flickr feed. And how did he first hear about us? Via the guitarist of the punk band ‘Flipper’. Love it!

Burning Man Festival meets British Library

Have you used our Flickr images in an interesting way?  Let us know by adding a comment below.

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