Burning Man, Burning Man Festival

The Burning Man Exhibit At The Petaluma Art Center

The Petaluma Arts Center hosted various sculptures, artwork as well as photography from Burning Man. The curators were the same as the ones who hosted the Burning Man exhibit at the California Musuem of Oakland.

The musuem has a series of photographs of the various temples built at Burning Man. David Best designed many of the temples until 2016.

In addition there were photographs of various other sculptures within the festival at nighttime.

Author’s Note:

Author Philip Hamilton attended Burning Man in 2019 for his first time and saw the teacup sculptures at the front of the art center at the event.

Burning Man, Burning Man Festival

The Burning Man Special Exhibit At The California Museum Of Oakland, California

In November 2019, the Oakland Musuem of California opened an exhibit on the annual “Burning Man” gathering with various relics from the event’s original location at Baker Beach and its secondary location on the playa in northern Nevada. The playa has had temples built which have been open to people of any religious denomination and to those who are just spiritual in nature. David Best designed nine Burning Man temples since the year 2000.

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