Larry Harvey, whose bizarre decision to build a huge wooden figure and then burn it to the ground, has died on the popular, long-running counterculture celebration called "Burning Man". He was 70 years old.
Harvey died Saturday morning in a San Francisco hospital surrounded by his family, said Marian Goodell, CEO of Burning Man Project. The cause was not immediately known, but he had a stroke earlier in the month.
Long-time friend Stuart Mangrum wrote on the organization's website that Harvey did not believe in "any kind of existence" after his death.
"Now he is gone, we take the liberty to contradict him and to keep his memory alive in our hearts, our thoughts and our deeds," wrote Mangrum. "As he would have liked, let's always burn the man."
Burning Man takes place annually the week before Labor Day in the Black Rock Desert. The one-week festival attracts around 70,000 people, paying between $ 425 and $ 1,200 per ticket to a dry lake bed 100 miles east of Reno, where summer temperatures can routinely reach 100 degrees.
There they have to carry their own food, build their own makeshift community and get involved in everything that interests them. On the penultimate day of the congregation, the huge image – or man, as it is called – is set on fire during a lavish, happy celebration.
Friends and family roasted Harvey on Saturday as a visionary, lover of words and books, mentor and instigator, challenging others to look at the world in new ways. Burners, as they are called, left comments on the organization's website and thanked Harvey for inspiring her as an artist and creating a community.
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"Thank you for everything. (No, really, pretty much everything in my life is now a sequel to Burning Man.", "Read a Review."
An "esoteric blend of pagan fire ritual and science-fiction Dada circus where some paint their bodies, beat drums, dance naked, and wear costumes that attract attention during a Mardi Gras parade, "The Associated Press described the rally.
While selling tickets now Harvey described in a 2007 interview that he had much more modest intentions when he staged Burning Man on San Francisco's Baker Beach on a summer's day in 1986.
"I called a friend and said," Let Going to the beach and burning a man, "he told Green Living." And he said, 'Can you say that again?' And I did and we did. '
Only later, Harvey remembered, he had the epiphany that leads to Burning M led to.
Within a few years, the Baker Beach event had outgrown and moved to the
While Harvey frequently talked about Burning Man in the following years, he revealed little about himself, and it was often difficult to tell the truth of the fiction differ.
He believed he was sired on the back of a Chevrolet by parents who left him soon after his birth, he once told the Reno Gazette Journal
His brother, Stewart Harvey, said in a post Saturday that two were adopted by farmers "Shorty" and Katherine Harvey and grew up outside of Portland, Oregon. The brothers, who were not related to blood, were extremely close.
Harvey said he was hitchhiking to San Francisco at the age of 17, just as the Summer of Love ended in 1965. He settled in the Haight-Ashbury district for many years.
After this first fire in 1986, Burning Man flourished as Harvey carefully monitored every detail from the various communities that burned overnight to his annual art theme on the beautifully crafted Temple that accompanies Burning Man.
Harvey eventually formed a limited liability company Burning Man to convert it into a non-profit organization with 70 employees and a budget of $ 30 million in 2013. He was President of the Board and Chief Philosophic Officer.
Although Burning Man was known for preserving its happy solemn atmosphere as it grew from a small gathering to a huge extent, it occasionally had its problems.
One man ran into Burning Man's flames, suffered burns on almost his entire body, and died. In 1996, three people were injured when a drunk driver ran over their tent. In the same year a man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a van transporting people to the festival.
In 2007, a joker burned Branding Man four days earlier and it had to be rebuilt frantically while the man was charged with arson
After the problems of 1996, Harvey had co-founded with John Law, the Burning Man and who had his mark brought to the public. They joined out of court and Harvey retained control.
"We do not use the trademark to market anything, it's our identity," said Harvey, who often spoke against the commodification of popular culture.
He survives his son Tristan Harvey; Brother Stewart Harvey; and nephew Bryan Harvey.