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.

Update from the Shop/Lot/Highway/Playa… #11!

I know we don’t have to reiterate how busy we’ve been. The frenzy of accelerated productivity reached fever pitch some weeks ago, and has only increased since. One sure-fire way to feel it is when you step away from your email for 2 hours, and return to find dozens — and I wish I were exaggerating — of messages. Requests for a ride to the shop this evening, announcements about where we’re at on this part of the sculpture, pleas for picking up an additional item (or seven) on your next run to the hardware store. And of course, all-caps reminders that we need all hands, /your/ hands, down at the shop, yes tonight, yes every night.


bark. EVERYwhere.


Lauren carries a slice of mushroom past the disassembled parts of Charlie Gadeken’s Helix.


Matt, persuading metal into the desired shape.


Ted and Lance, solving some problem.


Rolling metal into barkable shapes.


Peter throwing sparks on a mushroom stalk.



margaret sparks




Robin Wood

Robin Hood shows off her old-world alchemist skills — turning metal into wood!



square Jessica

Jessica is such a square.


Denise working the pipe bender.

Lance steering

Ted and Lance steering pipe through the bender.


We sure do generate some interesting scrap from all this.

benches chat

Chatting about the benches for the inside and outside of Xylo’s center.


Joe smooths out the benches’ edges. By the time you see these, they’ll be painted black.

These photos were taken over the past two weeks of shop chaos. This past weekend, we defied 3-space and managed to pack our entire sculpture onto its racks and into its shipping container…

amy on the forks

Amy on the forks.

… and onto a truck…

sidewinder load out

the first load.

… and off on its way, east-bound through Reno and up to the playa. And there was MUCH rejoicing.


the second load.


no, this playa. (Xylo is about where the red dot is.)

Margaret and the truck

muggin’ with the goods.

As of Sunday afternoon, the first part of the sculpture was unloaded and staged on the playa inside the Esplanade circle. By sunset, we were taking a break before dinner, drinking cold beers after a grueling day of 115+°F and gearing up for the night push. Our advance crew has been hitting the build hard: the Big Stumpy frame is up, and much of its bark is attached.  The fire mushroom stems are up too, but the mushroom caps are too hot to work on during the day so we’ll wait to build them at night.

But by the time this post is up, all these updates will be old news. Just know that our crew is killin’ it out there, assembling Xylophage for her maiden run in our favorite environment to show off our art. Come see our big metal thing! Go to 3:45 and Esplanade, face the Man, and start walking. Promise, you’ll know it’s ours when you see it!

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!

Tympani’s first steps!

Two sculptures at once! Mutopia's racks, Tympani's metal.

We Flaming Lotus Girls are some lucky girls. Not only are we getting to take out Mutopia, which hasn’t been seen in full for nearly 3 years, but we’re creating Tympani Lambada as well.  We’ve made some important milestones that we’re delighted to share. Personally, I have been doing my happy dance a lot lately.

our very first space pigeon!

Our first big steps into reality with Tympani are our first metal order delivery and our first space pigeon.

What, you may ask, the hell is a space pigeon? Our space pigeons are the cross-section shape of Tympani’s arches, and have become a repeating design element throughout the sculpture. They are called space pigeons because during the design process, there are many late nights that involve beer.  On one such night, it was decided that the shape we’d just come up with looked like what pigeons might look like if they went to space. And so, the shape was named.

Ray making the first cuts for Tympani! He loves the new CNC.

We have a distinct change in our arsenal of tools and skills this year. The Boxshop has acquired a CNC plasma cutting machine. Many of us are fairly skilled with a plasma cutter, but theres no competing with robots on some things. Robots may never come up with space pigeons, but they can cut them perfectly over and over again. Its enabling us to save a lot of time with angle grinders (a handy but not widely loved tool). We’re learning the ins and outs of this machine, and are very pleased with the results.

To celebrate our progress, we’re having a BBQ fundraiser at the shop! On Saturday, June 4th, we’re inviting you to come check out where we make our art, see how Tympani is emerging, and visit with pieces of Mutopia. There will be food, drink, music and fire.  Its also the start of our kickstarter campaign! We’ll need your support and help to make our visions of metal and fire into reality. Come say hello to your favorite girls with fire.