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