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!

*NEW* 2013 Flaming Lotus wall calendars!

By popular demand, we have JUST released a brand-new 2013 calendar. This 2-sided, full color poster features Soma on the Jan-June side, and Tympani Lambada on the July-Dec side. And our new calendar is about the same size as our 2011-2012 version — you’ve already got a perfect space on your wall for it!

Soma going full tilt; Tympani’s Cochlea shooting a pillar of fire up your wall.

We’re gearing up for a full year of creating some amazing work. Just last night we were in the shop experimenting with ways to manipulate fire into shapes and patterns that physics would surely take issue with. We’re still developing and fine-tuning the ideas for our next big piece, and we’re negotiating where to bring our art next.

Support us in sharing our work, AND gussy your wall up!

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We appreciate your support, and we can’t wait to announce what’s coming next!

The Next Big (Art) Thing

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Serpent Mother Vertebrae
Photo by Jess Hobbs

The girls who brought you Serpent Mother, Soma, Angel of the Apocalypse, and Tympani Lambada are back in the shop brainstorming their next sculpture. We’re in the earliest stages of creation and no one knows yet what shape the new entity will take. We’re thinking about what makes an FLG sculpture an FLG sculpture and what essences we want to convey in the new piece. We’re discussing materials, metals, shapes, colors, sound…and of course fire! 

We’re going to keep hashing out these ideas, drawing on inspiration from the past as well as dreams of things we’ve never done before. Our goal is to compile a list of one hundred ideas and once we’ve amassed that stockpile, we’ll start culling it back down to a few ideas that speak to our hearts and minds and will inspire us to create a piece that will impart that feeling to our audience.

Myths, creatures, forests, fractals, galaxies, aquariums, geometry, these are a few of the ideas swirling around.

Alchemy of ideas and metal and fire, a crucible for inspiration. What will it be? We won’t know for a couple months, but once we do we’ll let you know. Watch it unfold throughout 2013.

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Tympani Lambada at Burning Man 2011
Photo by Caroline Miller

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…