Baker Beach, California, Burning Man, Larry Harvey

The First Burning Man Gathering

In 1986, Larry Harvey and his friends Crimson Rose, Harley K. Dubois, Marian Goodell, Michael Mikel and Will Roger Peterson came up with the idea of artistic bonfire event which would become known as Burning Man in 1988. The first “burn” was held in Baker Beach in San Francisco which hosted a crowd of 35 people. The first wooden effigy was built in Noe Valley and was a representation of Larry Harvey’s ex- girlfriend, who was the mother of his child.

Additional Resources On The Evolution Of Burning Man Over Time:

Below is a documentary I saw on the first Burning Man Gathering held in Black Rock City, Nevada in 1990. I had watched this documentary at the San Francisco Burning Man Decompression held in October, 2018.

Here is an interview of Larry Harvey being interviewed by Charlie Rose.

Larry Harvey being interviewed in Black Rock City for TEDx.

In addition I’d recommend viewing this TIME documentary on the Burning Man Festival.

Author’s Note:

The 2019 Burning Man Festival, which is themed as Metamorphoses, will be the first one the author Philip Hamilton will be attending.

“Omnia mutantur, nihil interit”
(Everything changes, nothing perishes)
― Ovid, Metamorphoses