The build begins…

We were on site before the sun came up, jet lag be damned. We made a lot of good progress today, and the weather was cooperative, hooray for that! And we bolted together the vertebrae sections from #1 all the way up to #18, which is a tie for our best record in a single day. Here’s the summary, in photos:


Dropping the container on site as the sun comes up…


Mills breaking into our container — during transit, they put a tamper seal on it. It didn’t take us too long to defeat this obstacle.


Mills and Margaret, cheesing in front of our build site at the Melbourne Museum.


Removing the egg from the container, while Sam staggers away from a near-collision with a drop bear. THEY’RE OUT HERE.


This is a VR handing off the head rack to a fork lift, all while doing a complicated dance amidst the trees by the build site.


We love flow charts.


Splitting the head rack to access the ladder parts.


Love notes from our past selves.


Surveying from the egg to the fuel depot.


We start at the egg and spiral the tail outwards. Here is where the vertebrae rises up off the ground.


“Persuading” the vertebrae outwards with the VR.




Meanwhile, Marisa discovered our initials already adorn a wall here on Flinders Lane in the Central Business District…

On the ground in Melbourne!

Greetings from Melbourne, where nearly all of our crew have arrived and cruised through customs and are currently in various states of jet lag. Several of us got here a couple days ago, and met with White Night event coordinators about logistics stuff like verifying equipment access, finalizing our build schedule, etc. Tomorrow morning at 7am sharp, we begin the process of unloading the container, arranging things in strategic piles, and assembling this snake.

Due to the container shipping schedule, we kept some of the electronics modules at home with us so we could rework and retest it all. That meant we had to carry it along with us in our checked baggage. Fortunately no one’s bags were lost in transit (whew) and everything arrived with no trouble.

still life

This is a still life of various dodgy-looking items we had to bring in our checked baggage.

carolyn note

Carolyn penned a lovely note to the customs folks, and even included a tool for opening the box!


Most of our crew, plus some local friends — shoutout to Lex and Corey, our homies from Burning Man DPW. Here we are enjoying the late evening sun after a delicious barbeque. Rock solid way to close out our first day before the build begins.

Now, to focus on not falling asleep until 9pm at the earliest, so we can get on Melbourne time, UTC+10:00!

World Domination continues…

We are ecstatic to announce that FLG is bringing everyone’s favorite flaming snake to Melbourne, Australia for White Night. It’s an all-night illumination-focused art and entertainment event, and we are so excited to bring our fire down to be part of it this round! Check out our listing on their program.

Snakey is already getting some local media hype, and there will surely be more to come as the even draws near. Meanwhile, we have some work to do — even though we just brought this sculpture to Calgary in September, we always discover things that could be improved, reconditioned, or sometimes totally overhauled. So we’ll be busy working on kneading out some kinds until we have to pack ‘er all up and lock the shipping container doors shut. And on that note, it’s time to go cut some metal brackets for the electronics boxes… stay tuned for more hype and updates!

FLG world domination, y’all!


In the Red: Gallery Show & Holiday Art Party


In the Red: FLG Gallery Show & Holiday Art Party
hosted by The Flaming Lotus Girls
Saturday, Dec 9 8pm-2am
934 Brannan St, San Francisco, California 94103

Tickets: $20-$90

World-renowned fire sculpture mavens, the Flaming Lotus Girls, announce an evening of art and revelry!

We’ll be celebrating and raising funds for NOETICA, our stainless steel sculpture which debuted at Burning Man 2017. We invite you to come out, get your hands on our heavy metal, enjoy the vibe, and bid on limited edition FLG art!

* * SCORE Burning Man 2018 tickets at this event! Raffle tickets can be purchased for two Burning Man tickets and a vehicle pass for only $20 each, or $100 for 6. Dare to dream that these tickets could be yours! * *

♥ Show your love for the FLG by wearing your favorite RED outfit! ♥

* Interactive FLG sculpture NOETICA, fresh from the playa
* Gallery art show with 70+ archival quality prints.
* Unique artwork by FLG members & other local artists in silent auction

This is the perfect opportunity to shop for a unique holiday gift for that special art lover in your life, while supporting the Flaming Lotus Girls.

All-female DJ lineup, starring:
Jessica Stanell: ICARUS

Black Velveteen: Airpusher Collective, Proton Radio

Jae: Airpusher Collective

Three Ticket Tiers are available to show your support!
* FLG FAN: $15 Early Bird Special (SOLD OUT!) now $20 for single admission

* LOTUS LOVER SPECIAL: $50 for 1 Admission + 1 coat check ticket + 1 drink ticket and 1 special gift to take home

* FABULOUS FLAMES: $90 for 2 Admissions + 2 coat checks + 2 drink tickets and 2 special gifts to take home