“The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.”
—Dylan Thomas, The force that through the green fuse drives the flower, 1952
No one could have imagined that a small Solstice gathering of friends on a San Francisco beach could spark such an epic network of collaborators. And so, on Solstice we celebrate the birth of the Man, and the culture that continues to emanate from that formative moment.
Ready for all the feels? Hit play and enjoy footage from the first Man Burn on Baker Beach and our original instigator Larry Harvey, plus some raucous scenes from Burning Man’s early years in the Black Rock Desert of Northern Nevada.
Happy birthday to the Burnerverse, and to that spark which drives each of us to play, imagine, co-create and organize community. We like to imagine that this wide world is now filled with thousands of formative events like that 1986 Solstice Burn, each the catalyst for ever-evolving, mind-bending art and experiences that will continue to impact the world long after we’re all gone.
Cover image of “Passage Home” by Kate Raudenbusch, 2018 (Photo by Scott London)