There have been many fantastic collaborations over my past years of art. At the forefront, without a doubt, are the fantastic and fabulous Flaming Lotus Girls.
I first approached the Flaming Lotus Girls in 2006 when I saw the proposal for the Serpent Mother sculpture online and decided from my cold and wet wintery life in London that I HAD to be part of the build.
The rest is history. We built her. 168ft long stainless steel serpent with 41 flame effects along her spine and a head the size of a VW beetle that moved on 2 sets of hydraulics. She really was a beast.
The Flaming Lotus Girls (FLG) is a volunteer-based group that creates monumental works of interactive, mechanical fire art. FLG combines sculpture, kinetics, robotics, pyrotechnics, and electronics to inspire our audiences. The audience becomes part of the art; they control the sculpture through integrated mechanisms, culminating in a unique participatory event.
In our open and supportive workshop environment, FLG empowers members to learn new skills and become cooperative, experienced artists within a fluid organizational structure. We emphasize creativity, education, volunteer contribution and leadership opportunities. The group welcomes all volunteers to their workshop at the Boxshop in San Francisco, California.
The sculptures are composed of steel, stainless steel, cast aluminum, bronze, copper, glass, wood, light, and fire. Our flames blaze in sizes ranging from 2 inches to 150+ feet. Our portfolio includes:
Tympani Lambada 2011, Soma 2009, Mutopia 2008, Serpent Mother 2006, Angel of the Apocalypse 2005, Hand of God 2005 and Seven Sisters 2004.
For the past ten years we have grown and thrived, creating installations for Burning Man and exhibiting at events globally including Electric Daisy Carnival (2010, 2011), Makers Faire (2008-2011), Toronto Wintercity (2010), Coachella (2009); Beyond Wonderland (2011), Fire Arts Exposition: Art on Fire, Fire Arts Festival at the Crucible in Oakland; Festival of Lights, Robodock in Amsterdam (2005,2007); and the Big Day Out in Australia (2007).
Cochlea Fountain with Methanol Shooter, Nocturnal Wonderland, San Bernadino, Sept. 21-22, 2012
Serpent Mother, Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, June 8-10, 2012
Angel of the Apocalypse, Robodock, Amsterdam June 9-10, 2012
Cochlea Fountain, Maker Faire, San Mateo, May 20-21, 2012
Cochlea Fountain, Beyond Wonderland, March 17, 2012
Cochlea Fountain, In the Red, San Francisco, December 3, 2011
Cochlea Fountain, Decompression, San Francisco, October 9, 2011
Tympani Lambada, Burning Man, Black Rock City, August 29 – September 5, 2011
Mutopia, Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, June 24-26, 2011
Three Mutopia Pods, Maker Faire, San Mateo, May 21-22, 2011
Mutopia Pod #5, Beyond Wonderland, San Bernadino, March 19, 2011