another productive weekend in the shop

It sure was nice to have such perfect weather this weekend…

Sabrina on the welder

Sabrina on the welder

because we were out IN IT all day Saturday and Sunday, working on SOMA!

Brit on the upper dodeca

Brit working on the upper neuron’s nucleus

The fabrication crew is working on skinning the supports for the upper neuron with stainless steel mesh.

Kiz and Kerry welding

Kiz and Kerry welding

We made progress on the dendrite feet, the axon LED fixtures are well on their way, and some new folks learned how to weld and use the bender. You know you’re getting work done when you run out of welding gas… but we already got more, and plenty of wire, so we can jump back on it on Wednesday night.
Becca bending pipe

Becca bending pipe

Meanwhile, the geeks were hard at work peering through magnifying glasses while placing tiny components with tweezers onto circuit boards. Not exactly an outdoors activity. But big leaps forward were made on all fronts, and we’re really excited about our progress.

Wanna come help us? info@flaminglotus.com …

 

Help us bring Soma to Pier 14!

We are elated to launch our Kickstarter campaign to bring Soma to the Pier.

Why is this such a big deal — not just for our small, volunteer art group, but for our whole city? Because we ALL get to enjoy fun, interactive art in a free, publicly accessible location, for a whole year. If you’re reading this blog, you already know the value that our city gains through public art, how it distinguishes our culture and adds flavor to our built environment. San Francisco is globally recognized for its creative nature and the art it produces. This is your opportunity to be part of that.

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Help us make lonely, empty Pier 14…

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… look WAY more interesting with interactive, public art!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your donation helps invigorate a heavily-trafficked public space in our beautiful city. Specifically, you help us fortify the LED modules, weatherproof our metal against the corrosive salty fog, add protective meshing, reinforce delicate parts, build the information signs and fabricate the push-button system to make Soma’s lights display their patterns.

We are thrilled to show off our locally-built sculpture. Help us out by donating to this Kickstarter campaign. We thank you SO MUCH for any contributions!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/flg/soma-by-the-flaming-lotus-girls-pier-14-in-2014-sf

Synaptic Equinox a huge success!

We are excited to brag that our fundraiser party went incredibly well! Synaptic Equinox at Public Works was, by all accounts, a fabulous and successful event. We had a blast putting this party together, and the photos show that everyone there looked just as happy as we were with it all!

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The beautifully ethereal jellyfish made for great dance partners.

Over ONE THOUSAND party-goers came through for this, and we want to thank everyone who packed the dance floor and made the atmosphere so much fun.

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At the helm of the DJ booth, the SOMA model was the belle of the ball!

 

It was Sara, in the green room, with the squeegee...!

Upstairs in the green room, we were busy working the screen printers…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Future FLG recruits looking fly on the dance floor…

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Meanwhile, the Photobooth was jumpin’ too:

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we even had a surprise visit from some East Coast FLGs!

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when they’re not at the shop caked in soot, FLGs clean up pretty good!

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Love was in the air; the Photobooth turned into a kissing booth… MWAH! 

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And of course the Photobooth itself: thanks to Brittni, JLee, and Foxy for snapping great shots of the party all night.

Brittni!

Brittni!

Foxy!

Foxy!

JLee!

JLee!

Were you there? Did you get immortalized in pixels? Check out all their shots here and here!

A HUGE THANK YOU and many lipstick kisses for our friends at Public Works, DISTRIKT, Opulent Temple, and Space Cowboys for partnering with us to make this event so damn good.

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we heart you TOO!

we heart you TOO!

Huge thanks to everyone for all the love and support. In addition to the funds, this is a great moral boost as we continue ramping up our workload to pull this Soma installation together. And as ever, if you wanna come get in the mix, we welcome everyone to join the Flaming Lotus Girls and be part of our first ever urban installation, right in our home town!

 

Soma refab/redux update from the shop…

We are mid-way through the build-time madness, and every division of our crew is hard at work bringing this iteration of Soma together. The fabrication crew got the upper dodecahedron up and assembled, in order to work on some additions and alterations that are new to this installation. The forklift comes in handy for incomplete structural situations like this:

the upper dodeca neuron, with its ground dendrites, is supported by the forklift while the fab crew makes measurements

the upper dodeca neuron, with its ground dendrites, is supported by the forklift while the fab crew makes measurements

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the geeks crawled all over the dendrites and removed the circuit boards, for testing and triage. Then on Sunday we soldered dozens of new boards, with plenty more to go this coming weekend. We had an excellent turnout, got some new FLGs up to speed and populated every board we had the parts to complete:

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Laura K busy soldering

Dig futzing with a splitter board

Dig futzing with a splitter board

boards and boards and boards

boards and boards and boards

Merlin, Ted and Tyler paint potting solution onto the completed and tested boards, to protect their fragile electron pathways against the harsh Pier 14 climate.

Merlin, Ted and Tyler paint potting solution onto the completed and tested boards, to protect their fragile electron pathways against the harsh Pier 14 climate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress on all fronts this weekend!

 

 

 

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