Larry Harvey, San Francisco, California

The Man A Museum

The “Man A Museum” is a temporary museum that is exhibited on the playa of the Black Rock Desert During the annual Burning Man Festival.

The museum paid homage to Larry Harvey, one of the co-founders of the Burning Man Festival who started the event in Baker Beach in California. At the time the burning of “the man” was representative of his ex-wife that he sought to burn away from his life. As the festival grew, the man took on a more universal symbolic meaning of mass transformation. Larry Harvey died of a stroke in San Francisco, California on April 28, 2018.

The year of 2019, the Metamorphosis themed festival, was the first year that the man was not designed by Larry Harvey.

Author’s Note:

August 2019 was the first time the author Philip Andrew Hamilton attended the Burning Man Festival.