Our friend and founder Larry Harvey passed away on April 28, 2018. Every year, in honor of his legacy, the worldwide Burning Man community holds a Global Celebration and Day of Gratitude on June 20 — the solstice, when the first Man was burned on Baker Beach in 1986.

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

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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

An Artist’s View of Larry

Larry: In addition to your friendship and your insight, there was something else I treasured. You were, hands down, the best art director I have ever had the privilege of working with. You knew when to call me, when my talents were needed, you knew when to offer some ideas and when to step back, you knew how to offer insights and collaborate. You inspired some of my best work, and I know I was not alone in this. You ...Read More

A Chance Encounter

We were atop an art installation having a beer and watching the climax of the sun crashing into the desert...a man climbed up also. We struck up a conversation and he introduced himself as "Larry." We proceeded to chat for an hour or so about the beautiful sunset, art, costumes and the burn so far. After we all climbed down another couple came up and asked to take their picture with him- that's when we found out who we had ...Read More

Larry in full flight…

https://vimeo.com/99213617#t=1645s This is from a 2003 documentary "Making Johnny".  Larry dropped by for a cup of tea and a few Malboros. bm-video url="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VIDEO-ID" ...Read More

Like a Moth to Flame

I have only met Larry a few times, but like countless others, I have been greatly affected by the Burning Man community and am so grateful for his incredible life and legacy. This morning I woke up to an incredible dream I wanted to share: In my dream, this large moth kept flying towards me. I batted it away, but it flew right back at me in a beeline. I batted it away again, a little harder this time, hoping ...Read More

Burning Man ’08

Current TV man found BRAF space done as early as Thursday. He asked if he can do an interview on our premises with Larry and we said yes off course. They set up their equipment and Larry was ushered into the spot. As he was getting briefed on what questions was going to get his way, Tom Price was pacing anxiously waiting for the post digging machine to show up so he can finish the Black Rock Solar kiosk he ...Read More

Life Long Influence

Thank you Larry for living your vision and bringing us all along.  I can't imagine my life without the burner influence.  Unfathomable.  Your presence and ideas will be missed and remembered as long as there are memories.  RIP Larry <3 ...Read More

That one time I saw Larry and everyone told me it wasn’t him.

One Thursday night, during event week in 2013, I was riding in an art car, heading back towards the city from a Gate event by the trash fence. The vehicle was full of Gateys and Rangers. It was only mildly dusty out and the sky was close to pitch black in deep playa. I was either on top of the car or by a window, because I remember just looking out, into the night, taking in the art we were ...Read More

gifted by a generous driver, briefest of meetings, wonderful final bm sendoff.

A few years ago (after 8 years at BM or so), I had to leave BM a tad earlier than planned because word of a storm was rolling in and I had an unmoveable date soon back in AZ. A friend connected me to a giant RV that could take me back to to SF, filled with acquaintances. The RV had a short delay and a number of us ran out to watch the Temple Burn with the understanding that ...Read More

RIP LARRY. THANK YOU

My life changed at Burning man and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Harvey my 2nd year. Such a humble happy dude. Thank you Larry for creating a culture that we will get to pass on. May you rest in peace and be proud of your legacy. ...Read More

The night I met Larry / Eyes on the future, the unlimited potential

Somewhere around the year 2003-ish, I was just walking around alone on the playa one night, and I ran into another man alone on the playa. It was Larry. Of course I recognized him, although I have never met him before. There had been talk about burning man having reached it’s peak, some saying it wasn’t as good as it used to be, etc.  So I asked Larry one question: I told him I’ve been coming to the burn for ...Read More

Three Inches to the Right

Originally posted on FB. My first Larry moment was also my first Marian Goodell moment; 25 feet in the air, on top a cobbled together refrigeration unit, a couple days into the 1997 event. These were the days when the art was made on site, rather than fabricated off-site and shipped in. Our group, The Temporal Decomposition group, or Team Jim, had a months worth of set-backs; from busted weather balloons, broken freezer fan-belts, water with an unusually high mineral content not freezing, ...Read More

What does it mean Larry…..WTF does it mean?

Larry appeared to me in a duty dream last night.  He smiled, tipped his hat and murmured "keep up the good work".  This confused the shit out of me because I', done nearly zero to put Burning Man forward.  Then I got it. I told the lizard sitting on his shoulder "ahhhhhh, I get what you're saying!" I rolled over and went back to sleep. ...Read More

Not just a hood ornament

It was 2003, my maiden burn, and I was at Newt's Bar in the BLD near the junction of Faith and Sublime. We were celebrating the launch of a book on Burning Man (After Burn) edited by Lee Gilmore and Mark Van Proyen. I was with fellow anthropologist, Tall Frank Gauthier from Quebec, who I'd just met. Sighting our Stetsoned target we cornered Larry Harvey hoping to shoot the breeze on some of the research we were doing and if ...Read More

Burning Man is stupid.

It's rough. It's both tangential and very tangible. I only ever met him once but I dug his vibe, and I immediately recognized that his vibe was, strangely, the vibe of the event. My friend Joshie and I were driving our mutant vehicle and saw him off the Esplanade at First Camp and Joshie said, "Hey, pull over, let's talk to Larry." We pulled up, waited our turn, and when he put his attention on us, he looked at our ...Read More

thank you from someone who never attended BM but felt your impact deeply.

I have never been to Burning Man. As an introvert -- the idea of that many people in one place was never a good fit for me.... but I have long supported the artistic excellence that was so magnificently displayed in the desert every year. And in my years in San Francisco, I did happen to have the fortune of bumping into Larry Harvey in my neighborhood often. We frequented the same coffee shops, often having no interactions other than ...Read More

Always Gracious

It reminded me of my story, in 1999 I was in center camp, next to first camp and on Monday there was a total whiite out and we stayed in my bus playing skinny puppy at like 300wats till late at night. At some point I hear a knock on the door and I open it and its Larry and he says, "I hate to bother you guys but I have a live interview with Dutch tv at 6am and ...Read More

Grey Skies Over Free Mud

His approach to life-art-culture, and the event he founded, changed my life-art-culture irreparably and beautifully. I've lectured about him on college campuses and made two Tarot cards featuring his face, but I only met Larry Harvey a couple times in real life. He was... normal... and down-to-earth. It was in Portland, maybe 15 years ago or so. We talked Oregon, growing up in this place, the freedom of roaming fields and forests and streams with mud in our shoes, yet ...Read More

Love

“Larry liked to create “scenes” that made people consider the world in a new way. He was extraordinarily successful at doing just that.” Thanks for changing my life. See ya on the other side. -Bordeaux ...Read More

Thanks for the Memories

My son met Larry in 2009, my son was 9 years old, it was his first Burning Man. He said, when asked what he thought of Larry, " He just a regular guy". Thank you from our family.💔❤💗 ...Read More

First time, Burning Man

Around 1991, Larry invited me and my son to go to Burning Man.  I think it was the first or second year at Black Rock. The entire village had at most about 600 attendees, mostly artists.  It was fantastic and my 9 year old son had the time of his life. My tent was next to Larry's. One night the wind was really bad and I heard Larry yelling that the tent was starting to collapse. His tent had poles ...Read More

Thursday night in the middle of nowhere

Nothing but dust, shitty little flags marking power and property lines, and us. We crack open the windows of the truck to try and get a few pictures taken before all those horrible hippies roll in, with their silly art cars and loud speakers, ruining what burning man really is for the limited few. I'm now part of the small group - the ones that can patronize everyone just because they got a couple more PTOs in, and decided to ...Read More

Thanks for changing many people’s lives

Larry, you and I probably never met, but the festival you created has changed my life and all those whom I brought there too. The creativity, free spirit, imagination and possibilities of everyone at Burningman made me switch careers, move to the West Coast and start a family. Thank you for being a dreamer and a creator. You have touched and transformed for the better innumerable lives and set of many human destinies. Rest in Peace. ...Read More

I just wanted to say thanks

a few years ago, on summer solstice, there was a reunion gathering on Baker Beach - everyone from BM HQ was there, and Stephen Raspa, and Danger Ranger, etc. And I had heard a rumor that it was happening, so I ditched work and just showed up - I think I was the only party crasher, acually. And we sang “happy birthday” to a miniature Man and burned a birthday cake effigy, and drank champagne and had a nice time. ...Read More

Hammering away at the conference table

In 2006, the Mad Scientists wanted to replace the aging L2K ring with a new, more durable one made of polycarbonate tubes and heavy duty materials. We presented a mock up of one of these new "bumps" to Larry and Crimson at the Burning Man headquarters, and our leader Tim Black gave Larry a hammer. I remember watching Larry trying to destroy the bump sitting on the conference room table in front of him with gusto and a devilish look ...Read More

Beautiful

What a beautiful world you created; nothing can take that away. ...Read More

Watching The Man Burn

Here is a photograph I shot of Larry (and friends) at the 2017 Man Burn. Larry's brother Stewart wrote the following: "These days when we go out to witness the Burning of the Man, I often wonder how he felt in recent years about this noisy and grandiose spectacle. He was proud of course, especially of the progression of international, Regional Burns that reflect his famous Ten Principles, but I rarely saw an expression of what appears to be satisfaction. ...Read More

This just happened today.

We had a birthday party for our 7 year old. She requested a Burning Man theme, and we delivered with this awesome cake we made, and even a little 1 foot man burn in a New York City Park. You did this Larry. Thanks. Soon after the burn we found out you had died. Godspeed. ...Read More

Temple Encounter

In 2016, I helped build the temple. A friend introduced me to Larry as we made our final preparations, deep in dust and heat. I was struck by his humble sweetness. Shaking his hand meant so much more to me than he will ever know.  Thank you for building this community that changed my life and is changing the world. Your impact is beyond measure. ...Read More

Off to a pretty good start

This is my most recent Larry story. After a long hiatus, I started working again with Burning Man last year, mostly from home. On one of those days that I did work at HQ, Larry made a point of coming over to my desk to tell me he was glad I was back, that it meant a lot to him. I thanked him, and then he said with a grin, "We're off to a pretty good start, aren't we?" As ...Read More

The DEA Cap Story

Many have already shared the all-true stories of his wit, intellectualism, and visionary ideas. In my opinion, he was a man of many endearing facets. Personally, I appreciated his spot-on sense of humor. One of his favorite stories to share was the time he tucked away his recognizable and iconic Stetson cowboy hat, and ventured out onto the playa incognito in a baseball cap. Along his journey he decided to ventured into a large rave camp -- just to check ...Read More

There was this one time at Burning Man – that I met Larry.

I have hundreds of memories and thousands of photos from years of Burns, as facilitated by the Artery and the BM Documentation Team, of which I am a proud contributor and thankful for the wonderful opportunities. There was this one time in 2015, when I met Larry. On a pleasant late Monday afternoon, I had just finished capturing Crimson Rose and her group lighting the cauldron near center camp; joy and anticipation was in the air. He quietly rolled up ...Read More

As you taught us, all that is wonderful, creative and lively, is also impermenant!

Larry, I love you and hold dear the moments we had together. Your energy, thoughts, and vision will live on through all of us as we co-create Burning Man each year!  All the best on your transition into the great unknown! In the meanwhile, we’ll save you some Persian food on Wednesday night at our camp, just in case… and I’m sure we’ll see and feel you at the man & temple burn! Love, Luck and Light always! Farhad and ...Read More