Hey Kids! It’s a Fire Show!
Or so the saying goes. Saturday night Fetching and I hopped in the Buick and headed down to Monster par… er… 3Com par… er Candlestick Park to see the Fire Arts Exposition going on all weekend. The festival was brought to you by the Burning Man folks and was a great time. Saturday night was definitely the night to go. Not only was there a break in the rain perfectly timed for the exhibition but for some freaky reason it was actually warm down at Candlestick. I brought a sweater and jacket both and quickly ditched them for the comfortable t-shirt. And good thing too, because some of those exhibits get h-o-t!
The hottest exhibit? Well I’d have to say that (at least for me) that honor would have to go to Nate Smith’s Fire Vortex. That puppy really heats up. For a while there I was a little worried about the lens on my camera being that it is glass and all. Another hit of the night was Therm’s “Thermo Kraken” and Tesla coil. “Thermo Kraken” is this big metal sculpture that drips and shoots fire and next to it was this giant Telsa coil firing huge colorful volts into the Kraken and the air around it. A remarkable display. And speaking of Tesla Coils check out this guy’s thing on Flickr. WTF?
I also enjoyed tending to Wally Glenn’s Zen Garden. Something about running your hands through lit sand (with fire gloves on of course) feels pretty cool. The Crucible folks were also there letting people push the button attached to their fire truck which would shoot a large blast of fire high into the sky.
Of all the things there though I’d have to say that my favorite was the beauty of the Carpetbag Brigade. That shot up at the top of this story is of a woman performing as part of that. There is something so elegant about a group of decorated fire participants walking around the festival on stilts. It’s really hard to describe it. You have to see it for yourself. They’re walking, but there is something more to their movement. It’s really more dance than anything I guess but the fluid with which they slowly turn and shift and pose is remarkable.
The other thing I really loved about the exhibition was just the people there walking around. Not the participants per se, but the crowd. I love shooting people (with my camera of course). And there is so much character and color at these fire type shows. People get all dressed up, are out having a good time. Seem comfortable with the cameras around and just do their thing. And there is something about the glow of a fire that adds so much for me to a nice portrait of someone.
I got lots of great shots of the event and have a set up on Flickr of the entire thing. Flickr pals John Curley and Deborah Lattimore were there and taking a few shots as well. Deborah got this nice shot of John, Fetching and I.
A lot of the folks who were at The Crucible last year were there (I saw and shot that too). The event was put on to raise money for the Black Rock Arts Foundation, a non-profit that is looking to raise more money for large scale temporary public art. Cool, er I mean hot.
From the event’s website here are a list of the artists that were supposed to be there: Xeno, Vau De Vire Society, Therm, The Flaming Lotus Girls, Nate Smith, Jack Schroll, Christopher Schardt, SaDa Fuego, Pyro Spectaculars!, Pyronauts, Primal Fire, Meghan Pike, Nocturnal Sunshine, The Nekyia, Los Sueños del Fuego, Roger Lai, Laird, Marisa Lenhardt, Karl Nettmann, mN8Fx, Alan Macy, Loyd Family Players, Robert Kilpatrick, Scot Jenerik, InterKonnected, Hunter, Bob Hofmann, Flame Gypsy & Sexy Bitch, Justin Gray, Wally Glenn, Gamelan X, Charlie Gadeken, Orion Fredericks, Liquid Fire, Richard Friedberg, Fire Arts Collective, The Crucible, Coven Fire Troupe, Marque Cornblatt, Controlled Burn, Bill Codding, Paul Cesewski, Vance Cearley, BomTribe, Bad Kitties, members of the Burning Man Fire Conclave.
All in all it was a fantastic event. Fire, night, heat, laughter, and all the craziness that comes along with it. And remember, the next time you catch little Johnny playing with matches? Don’t be too hard on the little guy. He may just be a budding fire artist after all.