Snakey goes to Calgary!

Meanwhile, in the midst of all the chaos of building a new sculpture, another crew of FLGs is prepping the Serpent Mother to bring her up to Calgary, Alberta to a five-day science party called Beakerhead!

Gearing up for its 5th year, Calgary is getting ready to host this massive event that features “large-scale mechanical public art, celebrations of space, concerts, performances, science-themed culinary experiences, hands-on workshops, bizarre vehicles, and spontaneous acts of technical and digital artworks.”

Beakerhead isn’t until mid-September, but we’ve been busy for months already, as we are redoing our electronics system, rebuilding a good deal of plumbing, and replacing any old/icky/broken bits we’ve just never had the time to get to before.

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Margaret and Carolyn fiddling with cables. photo by Crystin

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Robyn, Margaret and Amanda rebuilding the accumulator subassemblies after a successful solenoid inspection. photo by Crystin

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Amanda, Margaret and Ted putting connectors on the poofers. photo by Denise

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Ted buffed all the rib button units, and the results are deeply satisfying! we FLGs really love shiny things. photo by Denise

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Rhiannon working on an accumulator subassembly. photo by Denise

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Denise and Ted prying something apart and probably bitching about it. photo by Denise

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Mills on top of a vertebrae rack. these racks are how we secure all the vertebrae when they live in our efficiently-packed shipping container. photo by Crystin

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Mills and Margaret removing all the plumbing from our accumulator tanks. yes, those are repurposed fire extinguishers.

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Robyn removes an accumulator subassembly from a vertebrae. photo by Crystin

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Sam and Amanda fiddling with the Snake’s tail. photo by Mills

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Margaret and Cynthia removing old accumulators… photo by Mills

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this is the cleanest we’ve ever seen Crystin. photo by Mills

 

We are especially excited to be in the hometown of our international sisters-in-fire, the Blazin’ Lily Gals! Hopefully we’ll get to work with them on site, as — despite all our preparation, testing, recounting and double-checking — we’re sure to have some last minute “fires” to put out, so to speak. We’re also excited about going out partying in the funnest parts of Calgary… juuuust as soon as we install our entire sculpture, pass our fire test, and get the green-light from all the appropriate inspectors.

But that’s in the future — for now we gotta get this Snake completely fixed up and packed back in her container, and shipped off to Canada!

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