Larry Harvey, whose bizarre decision to build a huge wooden figure and then burn it to the ground, has died on the popular, long-lasting counterculture celebration called "Burning Man". He was 70 years old.
Harvey died Saturday morning in a hospital in San Francisco, 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 "existence" after death.
"Now he is gone, we take the liberty of contradicting him and keeping 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 at the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada. The one-week festival attracts around 70,000 people who will pay between $ 425 and $ 1
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.
"Thank you for everything. (No, really, pretty much everything in my life right now is a result of Burning Man.)," Read a post.
An "esoteric blend of pagan fire ritual and science-fiction Dada circus, where some paint their bodies, beat drums, dance nude, and wear costumes that glare at a Mardi Gras parade," described The Associated Press once the meeting.
While tickets are now sold out immediately, Harvey described in an interview in 2007 how he had much more modest intentions when he launched Burning Man on San Francisco's Baker Beach in the summer of 1986. "I called a friend and said," Let's go Going to the beach and burning a man, "he said on the Green Living website." And he said, 'Can you say that again? & # 39; And I did it and we did it.
It was not until later, Harvey recalled, that he had the epiphany that led to Burning Man.
Within a few years, the event had outgrown Baker Beach and moved in.
During Harvey's frequent overflowing in the following years Burning Man spoke, he would reveal little about himself and it was often difficult to tell the truth from fiction.
He believed he was conceived 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 the two were adopted by farmers "Shorty" and Katherine Harvey, growing up outside of Portland, Oregon. The brothers who are not Related to blood were extremely close.
Harvey said he hitchhiked to San Francisco at the age of 17 and arrived just when the summer of love ended in 1965. Ashbury district for many years e.
After this first fire in 19 86, Burning Man flourished as Harvey carefully monitored every detail from the various communities that rose overnight to his annual art theme to the beautifully crafted temple that accompanied Burning Man and also burned becomes.
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, festive 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 torched the burning man four days earlier and he had to be desperately rebuilt while the man was charged with arson.
After the problems of 1996, Harvey had a dispute with John Law, the Burning One co-founded and had his brand brought to the public. They settled out of court, and Harvey retained control.
"We do not use the trademark to market something, it's our identity," said Harvey, who often spoke against the commodification of popular culture.
He has survived his son Tristan Harvey; Brother Stewart Harvey; and nephew Bryan Harvey
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