So here is the basic idea…
…next, estimating cost of materials, deciding whether I want to cut and or weld it myself or have a fabricator do it, designing the propane poofer, and designing a platform/base.
For those of you following along here, I am currently designing an art piece for the Burning Man theme camp OKNOTOK. After doing some sketching by hand, I have a pretty good idea of what I want to create. The next step is to create a digital blueprint. I have been working with Google SketchUp and having a great time. Using the letters pictured here, I had to do some conversions to figure out the scaling for a human-sized sculpture. I guess I did need so learn some of that math back in high school.
The result thus far looks like this. This is just half of the sculpture. There will be propane puffers incorporated so that fire will be able to burst forth from inside the letters. Supposedly there is going to be a class/workshop in the LA area after the new year for fire effects and art – this will be a good opportunity to learn about the pyrotechnics that will bring this art piece to life.
The following is a timelapse video I shot documenting the beginning of my design process for a fire effect/art piece I am going to create for camp OKNOTOK at Burning Man, 2015. Check back for updates on the design process.
Yup, it’s December 2014 and we are already starting work for OKNOTOK at Burning Man in 2015. Some call us insane, some roll their eyes and say its ‘too early’. But if you are a Burner, ask yourself honestly, does it ever ‘stop’ once you are introduced to the culture and experience of Black Rock City?
While some will relish the time off between Burns, others continue building, making, and turning inspiration into reality, lighting up the sky in August. Without giving away the fun details about what is in the works for camp OKNOTOK, there will be some changes and new sights to behold. Make sure you party with us on the Playa in 2015!