Burning Man's founder Larry Harvey - Photo by Wdydwyd, CC-BY-SA.

Burning Man’s founder Larry Harvey – Photo by Wdydwyd, CC-BY-SA.

Burning Man – “Out of nothing, we created everything” said once Larry Harvey, founder of the most alternative festival on Planet Earth who passed away on April 4. The festival brings the Nevada Desert back to life by creating Black Rock City, a sustainable and hyper-creative temporary metropolis which is set to burn to ashes every year.


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Burning Man - ©AnneStaveley

Burning Man – ©AnneStaveley

At the end of each summer, cosmological shrines, electronic rituals and psychedelic creatures invite burners to get inspired by visiting and interacting with structures which are set to burn to ashes at the end of every edition. “Burning Man is the first Bohemian scene to turn itself into a city” said Larry Harvey to Archipanic.


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Burning Man 2017 shines - Tree of Ténéré - Photo by @mastahnick IG.

Burning Man 2017 shines – Tree of Ténéré – Photo by @mastahnick IG.

Larry was never one for labels. He didn’t fit a mold; he broke it with the way he lived his life. He was 100% authentic to his core.” Says Burning Man Project CEO Marian Goodell on a post on the festival website.

Black Rock City, Burning Man 2017 - Photo by Duncan Rawlinson, Duncan.co.

Space Whale, BM2016.

For all of us who knew or worked with him, he was a landscape gardener, a philosopher, a visionary, a wit, a writer, an inspiration, an instigator, a mentor, and at one point a taxi driver and a bike messenger. He was always a passionate advocate for our culture and principles that emanate from the Burning Man experience in the Black Rock Desert”.

Black Rock City, Burning Man 2017 - Photo by Duncan Rawlinson, Duncan.co.

Bozena Art and Medusa Madness, BM2016.

An extensive exhibition at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC brings back from the ashes some of the most stunning architectures and designs representing “the creative spirit of the contemporary maker movement and the ongoing importance of craft in the digital age,” explains Smithsonian American Art Museum director Stephanie Stebich.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" @ SAAM. Photo by Ron Blunt.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” @ Renwick Gallery/SAAM. Photos by Ron Blunt courtesy of SAAM.

Beside the main installations, dragons on wheels, nomadic houses and self-propelled dance clubs. Every year at Burning Man mutant vehicles transform the desert into a carnival of neons. Read more…

Fire shooting Mutant Vehicle @ BM2013 - Photo by Curtis Simmons.

Fire shooting Mutant Vehicle @ BM2013 – Photo by Curtis Simmons.

Larry Harvey, 70, died in San Francisco on Saturday 28 April, after failing to recover from a “massive stroke” earlier this month.

Black Rock City, Burning Man 2016:- Black Rock Lighthouse service - Photo by Duncan Rawlinson (duncan.co).

Black Rock City, Burning Man 2016:- Black Rock Lighthouse service – Photo by Duncan Rawlinson (duncan.co).

Burning Man 2017 - Photo by @oliverkoletzki, IG.

Burning Man 2017 – Photo by @oliverkoletzki, IG.

 

BURNING MAN 2017 - @fannieallen, IG.

@fannieallen, IG.

 

Burning Man 2017: Phoenix Rising - Photo by @gokilogear, IG.

@gokilogear, IG.

 

Black Rock City, Burning Man 2017 - Photo by Duncan Rawlinson, Duncan.co.

“Lord Snort” installation by Bryan Tedriks, BM2016.

Black Rock City - Photo by Duncan Rawlinson (duncan.co), CC, Burning Man 2016.

The Main Camp.