Gorgeous night-time shots of the Serpent Mother

Here are a few lovely images of our Snakey at night, when she looks particularly sharp.

photo by Christine Lan

A huge crowd of people staying warm in the Serpent’s glow. Photo by Christine Lan

We make our flames blue by mixing copper chloride into the liquid methanol. Photo by Christine Lan.

Pink flames, from lithium chloride. Photo by Christine Lan.

And check out this amazing overexposed daytime shot! (No, that’s not an illustration!)

Photo by Hank Leiter.

Photo by Hank Leiter.

FLG interviewed on Ignite.Me!

FLG got interviewed on Ignite.Me!

Ignite Me is an inspirational blog featuring groundbreaking artists — visual, audio and otherwise — and their terrific projects and creations. FLG is humbled to be featured on their site, with an interview with one of our founders, Pouneh Mortazavi. Have a look at some money shots of our sculptures in action, and read Pouneh’s accounts of the fuels we use, how we fund our work, and what it feels like to see the finished product!

Taking Stock of the Serpent

We were busy at the shop again this weekend, cracking open the Serpent Mother container and taking stock of all her guts. The Serpent will be at the Electric Daisy Carnival next month, and we have some system testing to do and some minor improvements to make.

The view from Lorah's second story container... cloudless skies over the Bay. The Serpent's egg is in the left foreground, next to WAVE.

Anthony forks while Margaret wrestles a vertebra section off its rack.

Sooz takes stock of various serpentine items.

On Saturday we pulled out the racks of snake-parts and snake-accessories and gave them a visual check. There is at least one suspicious weld we’ll redo. Minor primping includes scrubbing the stainless steel vertebrae with Simple Green, but that we will do on-site.

Before we leave, however, we’ll be adapting the hydraulic system that recently ran Charlie Gadeken’s WAVE, and using it to drive the Serpent. WAVE made its debut at Coachella last month, featuring mechanical design by engineers Mike Prados and Ray Sykes. They’ll be refitting our snakey with the same system.

Tad forklifts the disembodied head of the Serpent out of the container. You can see her right eye socket and nostrils from this angle. Creepy.

WAVE, waving, at Coachella 2012. Photo by Mike Prados, who photographed the sculpture and took some lovely video capturing its motion.

Meanwhile, in electronics, we’ll be rebuilding two control boxes that steer the Serpent’s jaw and neck motion. Heated, technical discussions are underway about building a schmancy analog joystick controller for the head to go with the schmancy analog valves. Thrilling photos from the Geek Suite to come…

Getting Ready for Robodock and EDC

While we bill ourselves as a collective of metal/fire artists, the true vision of Flaming Lotus Girls has always really been… WORLD DOMINATION.

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RosaAnna takes stock of plumbing

To fulfill our ambitious quest, we’re bringing sculptures to two simultaneous events this June, Robodock and the Electric Daisy Carnival.

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Babs, Michelle and Lou brainstorm a packing list, then scour the tool shed for grinders, wrenches and caution tape.

Robodock happens in Amsterdam, and we’re showing the Angel of the Apocalypse.

We just refurbished her for a show in Toronto two winters ago, and except for some minor electrical conversions and plumbing/metal inspections, she’s pretty much ready to go.

Which is suuuuuure good news, cause she ships in five days.

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JDV regulates regulators.

We’ll do her final touch-ups on-site. Fortunately, when you’re as far north as Amsterdam, the early June sun rises at 5:20a and sets at 10:00p, so at least we’ll have daylight to work in.

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Meanwhile, our fabulous Serpent Mother will be traveling to Las Vegas for EDC. We have a bit more work to do on her to bring her up to speed, but fortunately we have a few weeks until she ships. More updates on her progress as we complete things…

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testing the Serpent electrical boxes

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no way

We even had a very rare-of-late in-shop appearance from Kitty Wrangler Extrordinaire, Mills!

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still life with helmets

Holy crap, you guys. The build season insanity is upon us.

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Early predictions for the next 6 weeks: hard work and good times.