pics from the Precompression build

Just a quick post to show off some shots of the build for Saturday’s Precompression party. Were you there? We had a great time!


Crystin, Nicholas, Dan and Priscilla building up Noetica… pic by Carolyn W


Dan and Priscilla mounting a plink, our in-house term for the small cubic elements of Noetica. pic by Carolyn W


Priscilla shows off her tiny screwdriver. pic by Carolyn W


…aaand the Noetica controller, fully assembled! pic by Carolyn W

Our busy weekend in review…

On Saturday we held an all-day plumbing workshop to get folks up to speed on how we control the propane in our sculptures, and then we built some poofers. Long-time plumber Diane explained how our big sculptures consume fuel, beginning from huge source tanks of liquid propane, then splitting into continuous and poofer flows, and then splitting further into all the individual pilot lights and accumulator tanks that are nested into our pieces. We talked a lot about how to safely manage propane in its different states, covering how things could go wrong and how we prevent these scenarios. And then we built some poofers that will be used on Noetica!


The first step is to remove the stock valve from a standard 5 gallon BBQ propane tank, so that we can put our own plumbing on it. Carolyn wrenches this one off with a cheater bar, while Swetha stands by to do the next one. photo by Gregg A


Discussing the finer points of a 12V solenoid, which is how we control the release of the propane in our accumulator tanks. photo by Cynthia H


Hethur tightens the nipple onto the top of the poofer, while Belen steadies the tank with her feet. photo by Gregg A

Our class produced eight new poofers, and we covered a lot of plumbing anatomy in our discussions. It was a great, sunny day to be working outside at the Boxshop!

Then on Sunday night, at the Desert Arts Preview, Hethur and Gregg gave the audience an overview of how Noetica is coming along, and showed off its kinetic elements.

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Busy and productive times in FLG land! Wanna help out? Holler: We welcome volunteers of all skill levels and genders.

FLG events coming up in June

Looking for something fun to get into this weekend and next? FLG is involved in a bunch of parties and events, and we wanna see you there!

Burning Man Desert Arts Preview, Sunday June 11th from 6p – 9p.

Come see what everyone else is up to! Our new piece Noetica has been chosen for a special stage presentation. We’re extra stoked that they put our picture as the event banner too!

Also! SF Pre-Compression is next Saturday, June 17th from 6:30p – 2am, and this party is gonna be lit. We’re bringing the Noetica controller, so come play with a functional part of our in-progress sculpture and see what we’ve been working on. We’re also bringing a  fire element from our recent sculpture Pulse. Holler if you’re coming!
Also, have you checked out our Kickstarter yet? We were listed as a “Project We Love” by the Kickstarter folks, which we’re pretty excited about. And we just added a very limited edition plink necklace as a reward for backing Noetica. Support our latest sculpture!

Noetica Kickstarter is LIVE!

It is with great excitement that we publicly announce our Kickstarter push for Noetica, which is already garnering a LOT of love and attention. We are rocketing towards our goal and we have some really cool rewards for our backers. Get in on these before they sell out, and support our latest interactive kinetic fire sculpture!


When you support the Flaming Lotus Girls, you contribute to a powerful and inspirational group that creates a special environment for skill and leadership development, and ultimately makes some really amazing art. We are deeply grateful for any support you can contribute.

Oh and hey, does making this kind of huge, hot art look FUN? Well , IT IS, and we’re just ramping up with fabrication now… If you want to come help build this thing, write to us at We welcome volunteers of all skill levels and genders.