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Add Fire Sculptor To Your Design Resume

February 3, 2014

1546198_685272524836343_113609771_nRiga, Latvia – European City of Culture 2014

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.

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British Entry to The World Fire Sculpting Championships 2014, “Invisible Force-Field”.
Created by Ben Rousseau and Stuart Farrelly.

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.

15086_685273978169531_1973508550_nBritain’s entry lit up to burn.

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.

1526231_685274778169451_1909115451_nThe central cube which would be the demise of the British team.

Winning the event with their interpretation of a dancing horse, the Russian team reigned victorious.

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The Dancing Horse, the Russian winning team entry.

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.


About the author: Bill Indursky
Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.


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