serpent mother - giant snake skeleton fire sculpture - burning-man 2006


Serpent Mother by Flaming Lotus Girls

Photo taken at the Burning Man 2006 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).­

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Black Rock City, Nevada, USA

"Serpent Mother" is a giant animated metal and fire interactive sculpture, created by the "Flaming Lotus Girls" (an artist collective based in San Francisco).­

For more information on this sculpture, please visit the Serpent Mother website and the Flaming Lotus Girls website.

Description of the sculpture by the artists:

There has never been a sculpture like the Serpent Mother.­ The warmth of her fire and her circular design create an experience in which over 1000 people come together -- drawn in by her embrace.­

She prompts her audience not only to interact with the art, but also with one another.­ Wherever she exists, she creates new communities.­

The Serpent Mother is a 168' long sculpture of a skeletal serpent, coiled around her egg.­ Propane fire runs down her spine, with 41 "poofers," or flame-throwers, that erupt from the top of her vertebrae.­ Reaching 20 feet in the air, her head and jaws are hydraulically operated.­

Egg cracks openShe is a highly kinetic, participant controlled installation.­ Fire effects are a major interactive, sculptural element of the piece.­ The audience helps to direct her movements, using controls that move the head and jaws and pushing buttons located on the ribs that set off flame effects, effectively making each show a unique event created by the participants.­

The Serpent Mother challenges the traditional art perspective by creating an interactive experience which is the opposite of passive viewing.­ Unlike an unapproachable painiting in a prestigious museum which invites only an intellectual admiration, the Serpent Mother invites viewers to physically engage in her art.­

Watch a video interview of the Flaming Lotus Girls (courtesy of my friend Alyssa).­

Burning Man Festival

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Burning Man is yearly gathering of about 70,000 people, many from the San Francisco Bay Area, celebrating love, life, passion and art during one week in a desolated desert in Nevada.­

The event takes place each last week of august in an immense dry lakebed called Black Rock Desert.­ A temporary city is built where about everything is permitted except violence, money and commerce.­

The culmination of the event is the burning of a large human-shape figure in a giant bonfire, hence the name (Burning Man).­ The city disappears completely at the end of the week, leaving no trace.­

If this sounds interesting, check out the official Burning Man website at www.­burningman.­org.

Burning Man 2006 photos by Tristan Savatier.­

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Hi-resolutions photos with no watermark are available for editorial use.­

For information on this festival and to see my photos from other years, click here.