Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Burning Man Festival Co Founder Larry Harvey Dies At 70

Larry Harvey co-founder of the Burning Man festival is seen during a 2011 party at Media Mecca the communications center during the festival in the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada. (John C Burning Man founder Larry Harvey dies at age 70
Isabel Fisher | 30 April, 2018, 11:43

The founder of Burning Man, Larry Harvey, died Saturday morning after suffering a stroke earlier in April.

Larry Harvey, the man behind the anti-establishment, anti-consumerist cultural phenomenon that is Burning Man, has passed away at the age of 70.

The "Man" burns on the Black Rock Desert at Burning Man near Gerlach in 2013.

Larry Harvey, founder of Burning Man, smiles during the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada, Sept. 3, 2011.

A statement on the Burning Man website paid tribute to Harvey, describing him as a "visionary". We have lost our founder.


Harvey is survived by his son Tristan, his brother Stewart, "and a global community of devoted Burning Man participants inspired by his vision to build a more creative, cooperative, and generous world", the website said.

"The loss of his presence in our daily lives will be felt for years, but because of the spirit of who he is, we will never truly be without him", she added.

The event quickly became popular with Silicon Valley technologists. Attendees have to bring their own food, their own shelter, and whatever other accommodations they might need.

After he created the famous "Burning Man" around 70,000 people from around the world now flock to a dry lakebed 100 miles east of Reno every August for what has become a weeklong celebration.

The very first ever Google Doodle - the colorful graphics the company regularly puts up in place of its logo as a way to mark holidays, big events and VIP birthdays - was posted in 1998 as a placeholder while Page and Brin went to Burning Man. He also came up with "10 principles" to ensure Burning Man would run smoothly and be hailed as a good time by all. Last year, a man died after running into the burning flames and suffering burns on nearly his entire body. In 1996, a man was killed when his motorcycle and a van carrying festival-goers collided. At the center of this temporary but virtual metropolis is the Burning Man itself, a 40-foot-tall wooden structure outlined in neon and stuffed with fireworks that's set afire in the festival's climax.

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