There are no couches at Burning Man, which is why I could never go to Burning Man. Also, it's outside, beneath abundant sunshine, filled with loud dance music, yoga, and people who are more open to new experiences than they are massively cynical. I would perish on the first day.

However, despite my personal aversion to the sun and trying new things, the week-long festival in the desert somehow continues to exist, and even thrive. There are currently 70,000 people at Burning Man, you guys! And they have built some truly amazing things. Here are 13 of the most insane constructions, found via Instagram.

1. A metal horse with a real skull, and a carriage he probably won't be pulling around any time soon. Via @ericasimone.

2. This old-timey car-house-instrument. Via @funkagenda.

3. A big word. I mean, a pretty everyday middle-sized word, but using tall meta. Via @alex_ru.

4. A howlin' wolf with a one giant internal organ. Via @djlobsterdust.

5. A church that looks like it's about to murder someone. Via @shabanayas.

6. Alien paraphernalia. Via @shellers45.

7. What do we say, is this one a dragon? Via @jazpereira.

8. This one is definitely a rendering of the mythical winged elephant-bull. Via @loganmirto.

9. A cloud that is maybe made of enormous LEGOs but can still somehow support the weight of two people. Two pre-drug binge humans. Via @itsmusicplayground.

10. This fiery many-faced octopus fella. Via @dartanionlondon.

11. An actual pirate ship. Via @jpfaraco.

12. A temple, within which to pray or escape the sun. Via @ericasimone.

13. A yacht, for pirates. A pirate yacht. Via @theparisianguy.

Liana Maeby grew up in Los Angeles and it has made her just as terrible as you'd expect. A graduate of USC's film school, she previously worked as an editor for, and has written for publications like Interview and The Village Voice. Her first book, a satirical work entitled "Earl Can Hurl (You Can Hurl Too)" written when she was eight, remains unpublished.