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Our friend and founder Larry Harvey passed away on April 28, 2018. In honor of his legacy, the worldwide Burning Man community is holding a Global Celebration and Day of Gratitude on June 21 — the summer solstice, the anniversary of the original Burn in 1986. Join the Facebook event and share photos and videos of your local celebrations using the hashtags #thankslarry, #larryharvey, and #burningsolstice.

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We created this site for friends, family, and anyone who came to know or be inspired by Larry over the years. We invite you to share stories, photos, and videos. Commenting on other posts is welcome. Please feel free to share this page.

With much love from all of us at Burning Man Project.

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thanks for changing the world

i started this at seattles precomp, critical last week. its gold and playa dust acrylic on canvas and a little playa dust too. This man changed my life forever and the lives of so many others by creating a global movement of kindness in a cruel world. thank you larry for all your hard work. you will live on forever in the hearts and actions of those whos lives you touched ...Read More

Sunrise Solstice Celebration

My wife and I had a profound experience at Burning Man last year and were so sad to hear of Larry's passing.  We wanted to celebrate his life, immediacy, and togetherness by organizing a celebration and watching the solstice sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean this morning where we live in Myrtle Beach, SC. While it was early, everyone in the group was thankful to be in the moment and absorb the positivity of the start of summer! ...Read More

Thank You Forever

Really there are no appropriate words to do you and your work/vision/life justice, sir. Burn Bright, Always and Forever, you have our eternal gratitude and Love!  Thank you Larry the Hat. [photo taken over my shoulder during my DJ set on the Esplanade, 2014] See you out there in the dust HYJYNX ...Read More

Larry and the Zome

This is a personal favorite photo of mine. The Artumnal Gathering of 2011. photo credit George Post ...Read More

“Command THIS!” he said to Moses

My earliest memory of Larry was Burning Man 1993 (I think, maybe 94?) and the "famous people from history" wrestling matches. I recall his Albert Camus (black sportscoat sunglasses and slicked back hair) having beaten Moses into a daze - proceeding to bang him over the head with the (Styrofoam) ten commandments he'd snatched away from him.  Bits of styrofoam flying everywhere and everyone laughing their asses off.  High art and hilarity. Two things Larry embodied and channeled. Burning man ...Read More

Meeting the man, at The Man

I was stationed on the north entrance of The Man pavillion. It was evening and the sun had gone down. This was my first burn. I volunteered with "Man Watch"  so I could meet people and get an understanding of what this was all about? A man appeared beside me. He made a gesture and smiled towards a lady who had walked towards the building and  was admiring some of the tribute offerings near the entrance. We chatted about this ...Read More

My heart is broken….

Dear Larry - thank you for your kindness, your wit, your interesting stutter, your sense of humor and your awkward charm. I can't believe you're not going to walk out of the fourth floor elevator at HQ and stroll by my desk, as usual..... where can you be???? I still feel you all around me. I love you. ...Read More

Thank You

My first trip to Burningman was in 2000.  There, I learned I was normal, for the first time in my life (50 decades).  In fact I was kind of a mild normal!  Thank you, Larry. ...Read More

Larry, and the birth of Kiwiburn

Hola I wanted to give some recollections and thoughts on the passing of LARRY HARVEY, the founder of Burningman. It's hard to fathom the magnitude of his contribution to all of us. There was forethought, combined with a pure sense of the "here and now" that motivated him into doing that first burn on Baker Beach, and to then go from there. He captured us at a time when we needed to be captured. His capture of me and Jane ...Read More

Full Larry Harvey Interview for “Event Horizon – Burning Man Burning Reno”

It was a great honor for us to interview with Larry Harvey at Burning Man in 2011 on Burning Man's impact on Reno, Northern Nevada, and beyond for the documentary movie "Event Horizon - Burning Man Burning Reno." Some really great history and profound insights from Mr. Harvey for which we are very grateful to capture and share: Only portions of this interview were included in "Event Horizon," which was published in 2012. The movie trailer: The full movie: In ...Read More

At home in Larry’s world: On friends, family, and the future of forms most beautiful and most wonderful

“… from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” --Charles Darwin, from the end of The Origin of Species, and the beginning of the 2009 Burning Man Art Theme: Evolution   “This is just like my home. This is just like where I grew up,” said Larry as we ambled down a mountain path on the outskirts of Taipei, Taiwan, in the spring of 2015. We had just bathed in ...Read More

1996 – Oh, hi Larry

1996, rolled into BRC at night in mini-van... exhausted after making dozens of sophomore mistakes. Dragging along a girlfriend and my best friend who had listened to me for a year of jabber on like an idiot about this crazy punk rock festival. I roll right into the center of center camp - which at that time basically consisted of not much more than a pop-up tent, a beer cooler, and some big dog heads. A guy in a cowboy ...Read More

sending love

I am eternally grateful for the courageous expression of  kindness that is Burning Man. There are many a valuable lessons to take from the playa. Each year as we return to practice our mastery of the last your legacy will live on. ...Read More

Exit Music (For A Film)

We remember in scenes, fragments. Our memories fade and shift, but sometimes there are people who convey a wilder and ultimately more direct experience of whatever world they find themselves in, virtual, real, it's a real sense of simply hanging around with the person - that helps you to breathe a little easier, see things a little more clearly. It's a hard quality to discover in anyone, and rare.  I first ran into what might have been a San Francisco ...Read More

Enigmatic Conversations

I was fortunate to meet Larry a dozen times or so due to my involvement with the Org’s Documentation Team and my friendship with his old pal Stuart Mangrum. A conversation with Larry was always fascinating, usually amusing, and often enigmatic. He had a unique world view, and a non-sequitur way of expression. Many times after the conversation had been over for a while and I’d had time to mull his words I realized what he had been saying was ...Read More

Thank you for Life 2.0

Thank you, Larry, for creating and shepherding the culture that is Burning Man. This community has enhanced my life so completely I am without words. You creating something so powerful, so global, and yet, was always humble. You were an amazing person. You will be an amazing spirit as well. ...Read More

Larry’s Funny Face

I only met Larry once, and in that moment he made me laugh.  It was at a Burning Man film screening, some 10-15 years ago, in Arlington VA.  He saw me taking photos of people, being goofy, and asked what I was doing. I told him that I was working on a photography project called "Funniest Face Forward" and he asked if he could participate, which is how I wound up with this photo of him with his tongue out. ...Read More

The Man

I think The Man needs to wear a hat this year, maybe a stetson  ;) ...Read More

Our Last Encounter with Larry Harvey

Last year, Don and I had the pleasure of seeing Larry in Center Camp standing in line to buy coffee, just like any other participant. He stood right behind Don, waiting his turn, talking to a man he was taking on a tour. Don and he conversed for a bit while I waited nearby with a couple of newbies. I explained to the newbies what was going on, they had never seen Larry Harvey in person and didn't know he ...Read More

Larry and the Green Fairy

I first remember Larry when I was still at Burning Man, two days after the Man burned in 1995. I celebrated my 25th birthday on playa, fell madly in love with Burning Man, and I stayed to clean up. I just couldn't leave! A year earlier, I had moved to San Francisco, a dream I had since I first visited as a young girl. I never dreamed I would find something like Burning Man in an incredible location like Black Rock ...Read More

Crossing paths on the playa

I went to my first Burning Man in 2017, and met Larry Harvey on the playa completely out of the blue. I tried to find a friend who I knew was in First Camp - she was away and as it was super hot I needed a break. I asked an old guy in a hat who was in the shade if I could sit with him. After I'd drunk some water I asked him how his burn was going. He said ...Read More

Larry Harvey Fall 2017 Interview Reno Museum of Art

Larry was always good for a story or three and it was no different when I visited with him in Reno. He listened patiently as I explained why tickets should be sold at the event for the following year with I.D. to buy and ID to enter the following year with re-selling only through STEP. He was seriously considering it, and I was so elated. This gentleman created not only the worlds biggest party but the worlds biggest people changer ...Read More

Vale Larry Harvey

My twin and I attended at States of Transition in 2011 to celebrate 120 years on this earth.  Settling in, we could see a man in a hat and holding a briefcase talking to others nearby.  He seemed to be dismissed by them, but undaunted he approached us with his briefcase marked BM Bank.  How would you use money from the bank? he asked.  Improvements on the trailer we said.  With that he gave $120 and shuffled off.  Only later ...Read More

when i meet larry <3

Ill never forget the first time I meet Larry at LA decom in 2011. I was there and my kids were running amuck. Maid Marian Goodell stopped to ask about my kids. I told her that I was a newly single dad and I was raising them in the 10 principles , she brought Larry over to meet us and this is the pic we took. Thank you for all you have done for me and my family. I have been able ...Read More

OG

Larry came up to me one of the first years (of the 13) I attended. I think it was 2000 or 2001, maybe earlier. We were atop a large art piece, looking down, out onto the Playa from above, watching people mill around like ants. He was wearing his hat, of course, and we had an amazing conversation. He spoke to me gracefully and casually about the magnificence of what we all were creating. There were only 5000 or so ...Read More

VAYA CON DIOS, LARRY

Over 20 Burns I've had the opportunity to meet Larry Harvey four times that I can remember, My most memorable one was when my vehicle broke down and I was stranded on playa an extra few days. While waiting at Bruno's in Gerlach for a tow truck to take me off playa and to Reno for repair, I was sitting near a pay phone feeling sorry for myself although still reveling from a great Burn, when Larry and the two ...Read More

Thank You

It was 1997 when a friend invited me to go to this little thing in the desert. I remember being so freaked out, not knowing what I was about to embark on...asking so many questions. The friend just laughed and said "Burning Man is whatever you want it to be." 21 years later, that statement is still truth. I was derailed in the best way, cracked open and changed for the better. 21 years later, an entire community of friends, ...Read More

Burning Man Opera

I interviewed Larry for a feature length article titled The Lost Operas of Burning Man. I asked him if he was involved in the development of the first one, Pepe Ozan's The Return of Empress Zoe, 1996. He replied " I never substitute my vision for an artist's vision." I thought that was very astute and succinct . Larry was an understated intellectual giant. ...Read More

Much more than a Man with a Plan

I never got to meet you, and I regret that. I am fascinated by the 10 principles and your creativity is not only refreshing, but above impressive. I can appreciate a beautiful mind as yours even though I have never talked to you. My dream Larry is to go to Burning Man so I too can make a mark and add something special to this world. You may not be on this plane of existence anymore, you have whole dimensions ...Read More

Adapting, Overcoming and Moving On

So I showed up in 1997, working as an outdoor recreation planner for BLM-Winnemucca Field Office, having come from New Mexico where special recreation permits were mostly small things - hunter outfitting and guiding - the biggest thing I had done was a horse endurance race with about 200 riders.  Very quickly, as no one else in that BLM office wanted anything to do with it, I was handed the mission of processing the Burning Man and Land Speed Record ...Read More

So long, and thanks for all the fun

“We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?” — Steve Jobs You did it, Larry—you left a giant flaming dent. The universe thanks you, and so do I. ...Read More

After Pepe’s Opera, in 1999…

... all the prior days of overwhelming emotions, hard work at the theme camp, lack of sleep, and that heightened level of being a virgin burner, I drifted into mystical realms. Once they lit the set on fire, I was pulled to the flames like with no hindrances. People were jumping over a low wall of flames, which got hotter and higher as I approached. I didn't think twice (or at all) and jumped through the wall of fire. Right ...Read More

The Artist has left the Building

The artist of Burning Man is gone. He was truly unique in that his greatest art piece was in fact a city, a culture, and a movement all in one. Part kindergarten art bazaar, part X-games of applied creativity, Burning Man is one of the most fascinating and inspiring pieces of art ever created. For those who think it’s just a bunch of hippies in the dust, you really have no idea. But Larry had an idea, and that’s the ...Read More

“You got a haircut?!?”

I met Larry at my first Burn in 1991 and subsequently I got to know him fairly well. For a few years, early in the current millennium, I used to have a rainbow "afro" style clown wig that I always wore at BRC, at Decompression, and other Burner events. I guess Larry had gotten used to always seeing me in that same old dusty wig, but I mislaid it at PreCom one year. The next time I bumped into Larry ...Read More

That’s how it’s done

I animated a line of Larry’s words that have been stuck in my head for years. https://youtu.be/7F9CpHr12RM It was just a rough draft to teach myself a kinetic typography camera tracking plugin. ...Read More

Piss Clear misses you, Larry!

In the 25 years I’ve been going to Burning Man, I’d run into Larry Harvey quite a few times, and even had the pleasure of having a couple lengthy sit-down interviews with him for Piss Clear (my Black Rock City newspaper at the time, which has since morphed into the BRC Weekly). We always did our interviews at his favorite San Francisco haunt, Cafe International on Haight Street, which had an outdoor patio so he could smoke. One interview was ...Read More

Hey, do you have a ladder?

It was 2009, the Friday before the gates opened, and I was putting up my art project.  This guy in a hat comes along on a golf cart.  Not to me specifically -- it looked like he was just driving around looking at all the things people were putting up. He said, "Looks good!" I said, "Thanks!  You wouldn't happen to have a ladder, would you?" He laughs and drives away.  An hour later, a confused DPW guy comes by ...Read More

A bright spot last Saturday.

There was bright spot on Saturday. This happened the same day Larry died.   https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10211973415273921.1073741863.1328882583&type=1&l=b693e9fc5e Our daughter, Veronica, requested a Burning Man themed birthday party. As you can see, we delivered. ...Read More