Larry Harvey Quotes.
People out here build whole worlds out of nothing, through cooperating.
Our preoccupation has always been to craft space in such a way as to induce social interactions that would in turn generate a sense of community and a culture, but starting from the very immediate issue of how action influences perception.
We don’t use the trademark to market anything. It’s our identity.
My wife is from Jamaica. My ex-wife. My stepchildren – and then there’s my son. So, it’s a biracial family.
We’ve been civilized from the beginning. In the desert, it’s a baroque city like Paris or Rome.
I’m actually a very shy person. You’d be surprised how many leaders are shy. They’re not all extroverts by nature.
I think it’s a little much to expect the organisation to solve the problem of racial parity. We do see a fast-increasing influx of Asians, black folks. I actually see black folks out here, unlike some of our liberal critics.
Burning Man is like a big family picnic. Would you sell things to one another at a family picnic? No, you’d share things.
I’ve learned never to expect people to be better than they are, but to always have faith that they can be more.
Belief is thought at rest.
Artists deserve to make a living
They become the keepers of the mystery. They place themselves between the communicants of the religion, and the immediate experience. And then they dictate the terms on which you can have contact with this wonderful mystery. We don’t dictate those terms.
I’ll believe in utopia when I meet my first perfect person, and this community is made up of 70,000 imperfect persons.
The moral person contemplates evil, the evil person commits it. And a person without a sense of humor can’t distinguish between the two…. I know a lot of people who live in Marin County and contemplate spirituality and never get out of the hot tub.
The art cars are the public transportation system. And that requires regulation because, lately, we’ve had art cars that don’t want people on board and that want private parties, and that’s in conflict with the communitarian feeling and the interactive aspect of society.
When I was in my late 30s, I lit a figure on fire on Baker Beach in San Francisco. It was me, a friend, and maybe eight people, tops. There wasn’t any premeditation to it at all. It was really just a product of San Franciscan bohemian milieu.
As a child, I craved sophistication and culture. My parents didn’t know what to make of me.
We take people to the threshold of religion. Our aim is to induce immediate experience that is beyond the odd, beyond the strange, and beyond the weird. It verges on the wholly other.