An Air Force brat born in Tripoli, Libya and raised around the world, Jerry James began his construction career in 1975 and arrived in San Francisco in 1981. Having befriended Larry Harvey he answered Larry’s call to build and burn a crude, 10′ high effigy at Baker Beach to commemorate the Summer Solstice in 1986. It was an entirely spontaneous act that was conceived and consummated the same day. The following year Jerry took the time to apply real craft to the enlarged figure. By 1988, continuing his career as a full-time home builder, Jerry worked long weekends for months, with assistance from Mike Acker, to build what is now called the ‘Classic Man’. Mike, Larry and Jerry collaborated on the design and began to call it Burning Man. The event attracted the media, the public, and the police. By 1989 it was discovered by the art community; internal politics followed. Having been betrayed and having built The Man nearly single-handedly that year, Jerry withdrew from his role as the primary builder for the event. He went on to build many BM projects, including the Camp Center in ’92, the main Stage in ’96, and Galaxia in ’18. Jerry has retired from professional construction but continues to contribute to projects such as Peter Hazel’s Bloom and the Center Camp Cafe and plans to continue building Big Art for a good long time.