The Coachella Experience

The crowd was very different from Burning Man, but they weren’t the yahoos I  think we were all expecting.  I think that sort of event really breeds spectating, so participating (by pushing buttons or by interacting with the art in whatever bizarre, over-the-top way one can conceive of) just isn’t within that crowd’s purview.

I heard lots and lots of compliments, wows, and general excitement and amazement.  Lot’s of people were asking whether it breathed fire / calling it a dragon. The kids at the festival just *adored* it and had a great time mashing buttons and controlling the jaw on occasion.  And a few people came up and mentioned they’d seen it before at Burning Man and really loved it and our work!

Overall a good, but very different experience.  I’m glad I went, and the lack of dust is *really* nice (walking barefoot on grass after a long day of work is devine!), but it certainly doesn’t replace Burning Man.

- Beth

Engineering help needed!

FLG are looking for a structural engineer to help us bring to life our latest creation…Soma. Do you know someone who can help?!

Flaming Lotus Girls are busy at work on our latest fire sculpture – Soma – for Burning Man 2009. We’re looking for some expert engineering help and support. What we need: an engineering whiz to give us structural guidance. Using our drawings and material specifications (mostly in stainless steel), this whiz will do some basic calculations to make sure the sculpture is a) strong enough to support its weight; and b) able to be freestanding. In gratitude for this help, we’ll be offering a ticket to Burning Man…and our everlasting love and affection. If you can help or know someone else who can, please contact us:


About Soma

Soma is a fantastical sculpture that translates the anatomy of neurons into metal, fire and light, magnifying the microscopic world to an epic scale. It is composed of two neurons bound through electrochemical pulses. One neuron appears partially buried in the playa, the other floats overhead while an elegant axon arches between them. Fire and lighting effects flow like electrochemical signals from the buried, transmitting neuron over the high-reaching axon to the elevated, receiving neuron. For more information see

For general information about FLG, check out our site!

Coachella comments from the geeks

Friday night it was still a little chilly out there and the serpent’s coil was crammed full of people huddling for warmth. Even on the other nights, when it was warm, people would crowd around and sit about the fire, and stay long after we’d turned off the fire, and even the lights.

Before we left, the geeks had heard a lot about how people would be out of control and how it was a different crowd from Burning Man (which it was). But people were almost a little too respectful–we had to really invite them in to play with the buttons, it seemed. I didn’t hear about anyone trying to climb on the piece. Maybe it’s the power of the fire, but even very drunk messed up people were just having fun and wanted to talk and were just excited.

Doors Open

The Serpent is up and the doors are open.  100 people are streaming in every second!  We will miss the private concerts as bands sound check, some of our favorites were hearing Leonard Cohen and Sir Paul McCartney.  But we are all excited to show our girl off to a whole new crowd.  Hopefully we will inspire someone or kindle the inner pyro in others.

Sunset Serpent by David Elsworth

We will update you later with our stories from tonights show.

love and fire,
Your Flaming Lotus Girls


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