The original plan of the festival was a circle, formed instinctively by people gathering around a central point.

Marcus Fairs: The radial, arcing layout has been compared to garden cities and utopian cities. Were you aware of that at the time or was it just the most practical solution to the needs and the site?

Larry Harvey: It was just the solution to the problems that we had. It was partly visionary and also highly rational. But the impetus was very pragmatic: we'll do what works. 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.

Rod and I were very much in the same mind in that regard, so it wasn't as though we were crafting it to represent something, although we were crafting it in a way as to induce certain very basic primal impressions. So I started out talking about primal impressions and adaptions to this existential challenge. We always maintain that view of it, except our aims became more and more sophisticated as our notion of what the civilised ends we wanted to achieve became more clear to us.

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