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The zone would feature dadaist performance art and free expression.
Harvey and James packed up their now foot flammable giant and brought it to Black Rock Desert for the first gathering. The anarchic assembly gained a permit from the Bureau of Land Management for the next year, and slowly grew by word of mouth.
By8, people were dancing, partying, performing and indulging on the harsh desert terrain. The next year, the ever-growing festival returned to Black Rock, this time with a temporary perimeter fence and grid-like city plan encircling The Man, conceived by architect Rod Garrett.
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