Burning Man festival founder Larry Harvey dies

Burning Man festival founder Larry Harvey dies

In 2017, a man died after running into the Burning Man's flames.

The gathering has grown to about 70,000 people in Nevada's Black Rock Desert and a "Vitruvian Man" figure a year ago stood at 70 feet tall. A non-profit organization, the Burning Man Project, was eventually formed to run the operation, with Harvey serving as board president and "chief philosophic officer".

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.

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In a statement Saturday, festival CEO Marian Goodell said, "Burning Man culture has lost a great leader and an inspiring mind".

A native of Portland, Ore. and college drop-out, Harvey worked various odds jobs around San Francisco before beginning his journey towards making Burning Man come alive in Black Rock City, Nev. He was 100% authentic to his core. "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", Goodell added. Attendees have to bring their own food, their own shelter, and whatever other accommodations they might need.

The annual week-long arts and music festival - named for a giant wooden man that is burned in effigy that is set ablaze on the festival's penultimate night - draws tens of thousands of people, including celebrities.

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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. "Where the man came from I don't know". Last year, a man died after running into the burning flames and suffering burns on nearly his entire body. The events in 1996 are what ultimately led Harvey and Law to dissolve their partnership, with Harvey maintaining complete control.

While Harvey would speak frequently about Burning Man in the years that followed, he would reveal little about himself and it was often hard to discern truth from fiction.

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