Susan Sarandon Takes the Ashes of Timothy Leary to Burning Man
Susan Sarandon honored the late psychologist and psychedelic drug activist by taking his ashes to Burning Man
Timothy Leary died back in 1996, but this past weekend he got to make one final trip – to Burning Man.
The late psychologist and psychedelic drug activist, who is regarded by many as the father of LSD, was memorialized at the yearly festival by actress Susan Sarandon, who brought his ashes with her to the Nevada desert, according to USA Today.
The 68-year-old, who’s been documenting her time in the Black Rock Desert on Instagram, led a procession and burning of some of Leary’s remains on the grounds of the art and bacchanalia celebration, the paper reported.
The ceremony took place at a newly erected church-like structure created by artist Michael Garlington and called the “Totem of Confessions,” eyewitnesses told USA Today.
Oregon Hunter, another Burner artist, told the paper that Sarandon, followed by a man playing a nose whistle and several other participants, carried large photos of Leary into the structure. Two other men held a black chest with Leary’s ashes allegedly inside, Hunter said.
The chest was left inside the “Totem,” which was later set on fire.
“I think he’d be so happy. I think he would have loved the chaos [of Burning Man]. He would have loved it,” said Sarandon said in an interview, according to USA Today. “And all these people honoring him with LSD.”
In two of the pictures, Sarandon showed off her wedding-like ensemble for the procession.
“Getting ready for the big night. The procession to the Totem of Confessions with Timothy Learys ashes,” the second account, @susanlovesjack, said.
In a photo from Friday, the temple-like structure was shown before destruction.
A photo shared on Sunday showed the flame-lit sky as the structure caught on fire.
“Totem of Confessions burns,” Sarandon wrote.
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The Tammy actress came into possession of Leary’s ashes after he died, according to USA Today. Several of his other friends also reportedly received some of his remains. While some ashes were sent to outer space the year after his death, Sarandon held onto hers, the paper reported.