Larry Harvey (1948–2018) was an American activist, artist, and philanthropist who founded the Burning Man festival in 1986. Burning Man is a globally celebrated and massive annual weeklong festival held in the Black Rock desert, a free-flowing, artistic, pro-community celebration of anti-business-as-usual.
Burning Man is the premier countercultural event of modern times, growing over 25 years from a strange San Francisco beach party into an experimental city of 50,000 colorful souls in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, which burns brightly for a week before dissolving into dusty memories and changed lives.
He is sitting alone on a couch in the middle of the desert, face hidden under a cowboy hat and aviator sunglasses, teeth like a colonial graveyard, chain-smoking unfiltered Camel 100s in the 98 degree heat and talking about the ancient Greeks' concept of public space. - Joel Stein