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The foolish, silver-haired, Marlboro-loving eccentric credited With the founding of Burning Man, today in the middle of the desert of northern Nevada, a 68,000 Celebrating Art Celebration, he died on Saturday morning when he was 70.

Harvey suffered a severe stroke condition at a Ba y Area Hospital on April 4 in San Francisco.

"Our founder, friend and original instigator is Larry Harvey deceased, "wrote Marian Goodell, one of the founders of Burning Man, on Saturday.

"We have been determined to wait for a miracle, and if there was someone tough, strong-willed and stubborn enough to come back from this challenge, it was Larry."

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The Burning Man Organization published a memoriam article on Harvey on Saturday

"For Larry, building a framework in which people can create and experience authentic culture, rather than simply buying it off the shelf, is the origin of Burning Mans success and the key to his future, "reads the article read

" A humanist in the heart, Larry did not believe in any kind of existence after death. "Now that he goes, let's take the liberty to contradict him and his To keep memory alive in our hearts, our thoughts and our actions. As he would have liked, let's always burn the man.

Harvey, an eccentric, self-proclaimed visionary poetically attending to philosophy and spirituality, was known as a nerd and loved by eccentrics around the world] "The only thing I recognize as part of my upbringing is the weeds "said Harvey, who grew up on a farm in Oregon and told the RGJ in an interview in 2016.

" I felt like a grass, you were my friends, all my friends were weeds in a sense. A weed is not a biological category. It only means one unwanted plant. "

It was no coincidence that he created one of the biggest celebrities visiting anything in the world, a festival where nudity, drugs, zebra cars, pagan temples and Barbie cemeteries are no big deal.

In a brief interview with the Reno Gazette Journal, Goodell said the Burning Man community would be planning a public celebration of Harvey's life, which is likely to coincide with the summer solstice.Coming in 1986, Boning began on a San Francisco beach in the Bonfire Summer Solstice.

"He would say this is a chance for a fresh start," Goodell said, "Larry hated it if we ever focused on him. He was very enthusiastic that we always went ahead with the Burning Man culture.

"Right now we are honoring him by doing a meditation for the next 48 hours, we will seek ways to celebrate the summer solstice and the burning man, and we will continue to carry the work of Burning Man out into the world Honoring his desire to truly contribute to changing the world with the way we interact with people better and be better citizens towards each other, this is the best legacy that is possible. "

He survives from his son Tristan his brother Stewart, his nephew Bryan, after the announcement of Burning Man.

And he was survived by "a worldwide community of devoted Burning Man. Participants were inspired by his vision to create a more creative, cooperative, and generous world," the announcement said.

Harvey began Burning Man for the first time in 1986, although it was little more than an organically-organized campfire on a Baker nude stretch of beach, between the city and the Golden Gate Bridge. In the first year, they lit an eight-foot junkyard and only a few dozen people stood on the edge of the flames.

Today, Burning Man is a great art event with dozens of large-format artworks, 24/7 parties, voluptuous nudity, and fancy costumes. The man is a piece of his own architecture that is nowadays produced by an experienced group of engineers and carpenters, and sometimes is over 10 0 feet high.

"Larry Harvey's energetic and untiring efforts to increase the number of ticket shoppers at the Burning Man Festival is one of the reasons for the tremendous increase in event over the last 22 years," said John Law, co-founder of Burning Man.

Harvey, who was considered the organization's "top philosophical officer," was often allowed to be absent at his own discretion, though he always helped to create the theme of each event and supervised the design of The Man. He also named the streets of Black Rock City, the pop-up metropolis built every year for a week on a —- square miles of white dust cloud. The event was officially relocated from California to Nevada in 1990.

Participants are expected to adhere to a set of 10 principles that Harvey wrote down in 2004 in a café in Mazatlan, Mexico, he told the Reno Gazette Journal in 2016. 19659010] "To the ( Locals) I probably looked like an albino termite on speed, hunched over my computer, "Harvey told the Reno Gazette Journal.

The principles are to encourage Brenner to have a more fulfilling experience event. These include radical inclusion, donation, decommodification, radical autonomy, radical self-expression, collaborative effort, civic responsibility, lack of evidence, participation, and immediacy.

Once celebrated as a counterculture, the event has become relatively mainstream, attracting celebrities from Tesla's Elon Musk to celebrity heiress Paris Hilton. The organization largely relies on contributions from multimillionaires, such as those who donated $ 6.5 million to the purchase of Fly Ranch – which Harvey found extraordinary, considering that they recently had a sustainable structure for the Burning Man business have developed.

Nobody would give us money. Can you imagine the pitch? We'll take a giant man to the desert and educate him in this remote place in this strict, harsh environment, and the world will come. There is no one who would use his money for that, let alone venture capitalists.

Donors who helped buy the Northern Nevada hot springs in northern Nevada are co-founders of Airbnb, co-founder of Cirque du Soleil Iranian photographer and one of the first investors in Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram

"We have to Convince anyone to drink Burning Man Ale, "Harvey said.

Young Larry

Harvey never knew who he was biological parent, but he would have wagered that he was" conceived on the back of a Chevy or something, " He was previously adopted by the Reno Gazette Journal.

He was adopted by a pair of potato farmers who had fled Nebraska during the Great Depression, and his mother once told him that she had one day hung leaves, and the dust was so thick that she was glued to her sheets, a bold "menstrual red," an image that never disappeared from his mind.

His father – who was a fourth-grade education and was born in 1899 – bes a greasy spoon restaurant ate before "the stock market collapsed and the earth blew away," he said.

His adoptive parents settled on a craft farm just outside Portland, Ore. In an area populated by Japanese and Italian immigrants

"They had to band together with other people to stay alive – that sounds like Burning Man because it was like Burning Man," Harvey said of his parents.

Harvey attributed to his practical parents that they taught him the values ​​that later became the ten principles for the burning man. He also blames them for creating a void that helped fill Burning Man.

"I observed all of their practical aspects and their values ​​I had this visionary side where I could see things no one else could see," Harvey said about his relationship with his family.

When he was young, he remembered asking his father if they could dig an eight-foot labyrinth in one of the fields. Young Harvey thought it would be a good way to get all the neighbors to talk and interact with each other, as they usually did not, mainly because of language barriers.

His father mocked that anyone who "shut up" a mile with all those whistling dreams, like little Larry, said Harvey.

"I dreamed regularly that a saucer could land in the pasture next door because it was rural loneliness and I would run towards it and I would come to this saucer and I would fly away and I would be transported to a wonderful place "remembers Harvey. "I tried to solve problems with my family, a painful feeling of love, but this painful difficulty in communicating how I felt."

When Larry was a teenager, he was ready to fly the nest. He grabbed and carried his father's tawny white hat, which he always wore on Burning Man, before he blew away like the dust of depression.

Why the man?

Harvey hitchhiked to San Francisco at 17, spent a short break on duty, and then returned to the Bay Area, barely missing the "Summer of Love," but still arriving in time for the free-roaming, organic atmosphere of the Bay Area. He moved to an apartment in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood and lived forever within four blocks of it.

For a while, Harvey said he was homeless. He worked for a time as a landscape gardener, but pulled a disc in his back, like his good friend Jerry James, the carpenter behind the first five years of the "man".

"We were in love, we were inseparable friends," James said. "He was the conceptualist, and I was the builder."

James looked at Harvey like an older brother. They combined philosophy and books. They both had sons, though James said none of them, distracted by dreams, was the best of the fathers. Sometimes, though they would take their sons together on trips.

Harvey recounted several repetitions of why he wanted to build a man and burn it on a beach in 1986 with James, but both he and James spoke of the solstice-inspired bonfires Mary Grauberger, a local hippie who encouraged their friends, Collect art and beach arts and set fire to their discoveries.

James added that – since Harvey was in philosophy and spirituality – he was probably also inspired by his reading of the book. The Golden Bough, "a book on magic and religion, describing the Wicker Man, a pagan portrait burned in ancient Celtic culture, James also recalled that one of the objects thrown into one of Grauberger's bonfires

Once, Harvey jokingly told a reporter that the Burning Man was an ex-girlfriend, but it was little more than a cheeky joke, James said.

Although Harvey was often of Burners was glorified by abrasive personality at times, his principles changed over the years, and he admitted his personality.

Although the "man" was educated in the earliest years by rope, like a barn, Harvey was just watching the Reno Gazette Journal 2016. 19659010] "I think only once have I ever pulled the man up. I only did that to get a feeling. The rest of the time, I just watched her. I wanted to see how it affected her. And how this experience worked. I like to look a lot and think about what's going on, "said Harvey." I have my own ways of immediacy, and I do my own amazing things. "

Yet, Harvey felt that he had done his part, and others theirs.

Harvey and James, the earliest carpenter the "man," even sold Burning Man T-shirts for $ 5, though their peddling did not bring them much, James said. Selling a Burning Man swag would not be today Burning Man has copyrighted its logo and sells nothing but the event itself.One of Harvey's principles, decommodification, allows the sale or trade of anything on Burning Man and anything with a Burning Man logo, on- and externally.

As the event grew and changed, it became a cult. Some cohorts went away with its principles.

Harvey had a notorious fallout with John Law, one of his original ones n business partner when Burning Man became an official event.

Law used to say in the Reno Gazette Journal that the fallout had been going on for a while since Harvey wanted Burning Man to grow, grow and grow. In 1996, when a close friend of the founders died in a motorcycle accident, during a game of "chickens" with another vehicle across the Playa to Burning Man – Harvey dismissed any responsibility.

"There is no blood on our hands, There is no blood on our hands," Harvey said at the time, according to Law.

Already in Harvey & # 39; s early days of Burning Man, he was known to lead people rather than to participate, though in later years he propagated participation as one of his principles.

"He's a kind of weird person, I allowed him to dominate me," James said, saying that Harvey was obsessed with making the portrait 30 feet tall in the third year, and even bigger after that. The man has sometimes exceeded 100 feet in recent years.

As Harvey became more and more focused on making an extraordinary "man," he needed months of work and several carpenters.

"You would tell me that I will build, but I will not build for it." "Um," James said of the workers who worked in the early years.

Five years later, James threw in the towel and walked away, bitter and ready with Harvey's ego.

Indeed, the day before Harvey's stroke was the first time that James and Harvey spoke for the first time in 12 years.

"I was surprised our conversation was so warm, there were some things we still needed to work out," James said.

James and Harvey should meet at some point, considering that James has been more active lately when he spoke about Burning Man's Burning Man Exhibitions at both the Smithsonian and the Nevada Museum of Art.

"I just decided to reach him," James said. "We talked about our families, he built his robot, and I helped with the temple."

Harvey also narrated notoriously to a reporter with the Guardian: "I do not think black people like camping as much as whites," A comment that angered some, but Harvey stuck with it. He found that his ex-wife was a black woman and his son, two races.

Still, Harvey was charming enough and remained a quirky joker. Sometimes he surprised the crowd by appearing in a fleshy worm costume. He loved traveling and spreading the "burning" gospel.

He also had a girlfriend.

Harvey himself said that personally he had grown a lot over the years.

"I've learned that it's probably best if you do not expect yourself better than you. You should always keep the door open, keep your heart open for experience, and be ready to change, I'm much better in loving people as I've ever been, and maybe a little better at loving myself, "he told the Reno Gazette Journal in 2016." That does not seem like a big deal, but I'm happier than ever That's mainly because I've received the help of many people along the way, and if you love people, they change who you are. "

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