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Burning Man: Where It All Began

by Lisa Harrington

In 1986, when Larry Harvey and Jerry James built an 8-foot tall wooden figure and set it aflame on Baker Beach, they sparked North America’s largest outdoor festival. By 1989, “the man” was 40 feet tall and the crowd over 300 strong. Encouraged by the SFPD, Harvey found a new home for the annual event, Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, where artists of all kinds and veteran “burners” make a yearly pilgrimage. There they create a magical temporary city of free expression. This year’s event (Aug 26-Sept 2, 2013) is expected to draw 68,000.

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Burning Man (Aaron Logan/Wikimedia Commons)

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