Part structure and part sculpture, Holding Flame is a decorative pergola with an inverted ceiling of fire. The project was inspired by a desire to create a safe, comfortable environment for people to experience the unique beauty of inverted fire, along with our past experiences creating similar flame effects for the film industry.
The piece works especially well in nighttime or cold environments where in addition to acting as sculpture, it provides light and warmth.
Holding Flame is made entirely from steel - a 12'x12' tubular steel frame supporting an inverted ceiling box that houses a propane fueled fire effect. The fire is captured, heat rising, searching for oxygen within the box. A customizable water jet cut steel lattice covers the exterior, providing wind protection, radiant heat, and the aesthetic look of the piece.
Originally conceived and created for the Burning Man festival, these 100’ tall articulated moving flowers rise from the crowd to dance, play, and engage. Our intent was simply to create something beautiful and magical as an artistic gift to the community
Colorful lightweight coverings built around existing aerial manlifts camoflage the heavy equipment, transforming them into graceful moving flowers capable of opening, closing, and a full range of motion up to 100’. Within the flower heads are misting systems to gently infuse the surrounding area with floral scented water. The sculptures are self-illuminated and capable of incorporating video projection onto the flower petals, and are built with structural components to safely allow aerial dance performance.
Inspired by the Floating World theme of Burningman 2002 and the technical challenge of creating a giant snail that steered by pulling on reigns we created a unique battery powered art car.
Inside was a plush chill lounge, covered with semi-transparent shade cloth allowing the riders to see outward while maintaining the snail shell aesthetic. Appearing to be a living creature. moving silently on electric power the snail was operated from the top of the shell with discreet foot pedals and reigns running to the antennae. Internally illuminated at night it graced the desert dust with it's beautiful silent passage.