Lakes Letter – April 30, 2018

Lakes Letter

TOPICS: Goodbye, Larry Harvey | Last Day for Some Forms | DMV | WWW’s New Features | Ticketing Update

Goodbye, Larry Harvey

Larry Harvey - Photo by AkatimrWith heavy hearts, The Lakes of Fire organization would Like to share a message with you from Burning Man CEO, Marian Goodell, regarding Larry Harvey passing on 4/28.

He inspired a global community and with his passing into the Fire eternal, may we all be the inspiration for the next chapter beyond.


I have very sad news to share with all of you. Larry Harvey passed away at 8:24am PST this morning. He passed peacefully, with his family at his side.

We resolutely held out for a miracle. If there was anyone tenacious, strong-willed and stubborn enough to come back from this challenge, it was Larry. Your outpouring of love, support, and prayers was felt deeply by his family and friends as we each spent time at Larry’s bedside 24/7 these past three weeks. I truly believe Larry felt your thoughts, healing energy and prayers. I know I did. The love sent to him filled more than his room in the hospital — it overflowed onto each of us at his bedside.

Larry was never one for labels. He didn’t fit a mold; he broke it with the way he lived his life. He was 100% authentic to his core. For all of us who knew or worked with him, he was a landscape gardener, a philosopher, a visionary, a wit, a writer, an inspiration, an instigator, a mentor, and at one point a taxi driver and a bike messenger. He was always a passionate advocate for our culture and the principles that emanate from the Burning Man experience in the Black Rock Desert.

As he told one of us recently, Larry liked to create “scenes” that made people consider the world in a new way. He was extraordinarily successful at doing just that.

The Burning Man Project has lost our original Founder. He liked to joke and say “finders, flounders, founders, a little bit of all of those… at our best we are finders.” The culture has lost a great leader and inspiring mind. He adeptly interpreted the manifestation of what became a movement. I have lost a dear friend who I’ve known, loved, and worked beside for nearly 22 years. The loss of his presence in our daily lives will be felt for years, but because of the spirit of who he is, we will never truly be without him.

We have begun a meditation vigil to help guide Larry on his journey through Monday morning, and invite you to join. Please feel free to participate from wherever you are. We also encourage those in San Francisco to visit Baker Beach, the original home of Burning Man, to honor and celebrate Larry this weekend.
If you would like to share your photos, stories, and videos, you can post them on larry.burningman.org. You can also send your thoughts to TheHat@burningman.org which will also be shared directly with Larry’s family.
Stuart Mangrum, a dear friend of Larry’s for 25 years, has written a tribute to Larry. You can read it on the Burning Man Journal. And Larry’s brother Stewart Harvey has shared a photo essay of Larry’s life, which is also on the Burning Man Journal.

Larry would be the first to say this isn’t an ending, but the start of a new chapter, and we all have a hand in where we go from here.

With love,

Last Day for Some Forms

We are approaching the time in which all forms will close for the year.  In less than 36 hours, the forms for fire, for mutant vehicles, for submitting art, and for Low Income Tickets will come due. In two weeks, the What Where When submission site will lock down for the year as well, so submit if you need submittin’!

2018 FORMS & PAPERWORK (All deadlines 11:59PM EST)

Department of Mutant Vehicles

Photo by Christopher MoellerMutant Vehicle Registration closes May 1st, so please get your MV registered here.

Small vehicles (such as power wheels cars, hover boards, motorized bicycles, etc.) do not need to be registered before the event, but owners will need to fill out and sign the small vehicles form and turn it in to DMV on-site (emailed forms will NOT be accepted). Forms will be available on-site, but save some time and fill it out beforehand.

Vehicles (both large and small) may not be driven at the event prior to on-site registration except to take them to and from DMV for registration.  DMV vehicle registration for all vehicles will be from 10AM to 11:45AM and 5PM to 6PM everyday at DMV. Please stop by DMV during these hours to have your vehicle certified and stickered.

Please see the Lakes of Fire DMV page for a complete list of vehicle rules.

WhatWhereWhen’s New Features

Don’t forget about our What Where When guide! The May 14th deadline to change entries will come all too soon. The souvenir book will be available in limited quantities at Lucky Lake, buuuuuut…

There are NEW FEATURES to the online form:

Click the heart next to an event to make a list of your favorite events. Now you can make only the events you want to attend visible! (You can still show only your own events).

Now print ready! If you’d like to print up your own mini schedule, maybe to keep in your pocket, just click “printable” to make it use the full width. You can print the entire schedule, just your events, or your favorites.

PLEASE NOTE: Until the WWW deadline (May 14th), events can and will change – you can modify any events you have submitted until we lock it down. Also don’t get mad at us if the hippies running your favorite event decide not to show up.

Thanks as always to our programmer Sean Corbett! Each year, he works hard to make improvements to the (open source!) software we use to gather your events, and it shows.

Ticketing Update

So far, about 1950 tickets have been sold. The ticketing team anticipates that going forward, smaller numbers of offers will be made on a more regular basis as additional tickets are refunded. Additionally, some tickets will become available from unused tickets that are currently allocated for programs such as Art Grants. As we get closer to the event, we expect ticket returns will increase, allowing more people on the list an opportunity to purchase their ticket!

Feel free to contact us at info@lakesoffire.org or contact the Ticketing team directly at tickets@lakesoffire.org if you have any questions.

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