Add Fire Sculptor To Your Design Resume
As designers, we can hit a wall when working on a project; bad contractors, frustrating clients, unforeseen delays—cascading to a desire to burn the entire project down. Thanks to host city Riga, Latvia, these deep desires for pyrotechnic satisfaction were recently exercised at The World Fire Sculpting Championships 2014. The city, celebrating its status as European City of Culture 2014, recently hosting the Championship event featuring thirteen teams from around the world.
Representing Britain in the event was lighting and interior designer, Ben Rousseau (see our previous coverage of the international award-winning designer here), and his childhood friend and master cabinet maker, Stuart Farrelly. The two grew-up and attended school in England’s oldest town, Colchester, which served as inspiration for duo to create “Invisible Force-Field”. The fire sculpture represented the story of Boadicea, a powerful female Celtic warrior, who fended off the Roman army in AD 61 and AD 63, saving her town and people from Roman rule.
Braving 17 degree Fahrenheit (-8 degrees Celsius) weather in the icy baltic city over three days, Rousseau and Farrelly, constructed a 16-1/2 foot high wall of wood and hay. The structure featured a suspended cube which would ultimately be the team’s downfall when the suspension cable released under the extreme heat.
Winning the event with their interpretation of a dancing horse, the Russian team reigned victorious.
Next time you feel frustrated with your design project, remember, you could add Fire Sculptor to your design resume at the next Fire Sculpting Championships! Feel the burn with BONUS entries and process shots at our Pinterest and FACEBOOK pages.