Playa prep, Fire safety training and putting roots down.

As part of our prep for the playa Flaming Lotus Girls run a fire safety class for members of the group who have not taken part in installing a fire art piece before.  There are different fuel effects on Mutopia and FLG should be aware of what they are and how to deal with them, just in case.  It is really good practice to know what it feels like to set off an extinguisher, to actually put out a fire.  It isn’t a big one but it is enough to get the feel for it.

Dealing with how best to deal with a flaming human is all part of the class and it is important when there are so many people out there on the playa dressed in fake fur who will climb and try to grab, hot flaming metal pieces of art.  It is amazing that some people leave behind their senses behind.  Fire is hot and metal gets hot around fire and should not be grabbed.  It seems simple and clear really.  We have to be on guard while on shift.  The FLG fire safety crew will be constantly keeping an eye on everyone at the installation while making sure they enjoy it at the same time.  We are working when we are at the piece, not just standing round looking cute.  It is pretty fun work though.

The finished root sections are looking amazing in the sunshine at the workshop.  The LED’s are almost mounted on the underside.  The heads for the biggest pods are growing out from their paper designs into huge metal forms on the tables at the shop.

There is some exciting construction going on.  Mutopia is evolving as we build it.

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Mutopia building

Mutopia is taking shape. With the new detailed measurements we are hard at work in the shop.

**Pod tilt: each sprout and pod tilts toward older (bigger) adjacent Mutopian, approx. along the line of the underlying spiral!**

Heds & Necks
#10. Curly-hed sprout tops: 8” from landing pad to top.
#9. Mini-hed: 12” from landpad to top.
#8. Hed, jr.: 16” from landpad to top.
#7. Hed + Neck: 3’6” – 4’ from landpad to top (Hed: 1’ – 1’6” h, Neck: 2’6” h)
#6. 3-way Hed + neck (Medusa): 4’ – 4’6” from landpad to top (Hed: 1’6” h, 2’6” width, Neck: 2’6” – 3’ h)
#5. Ambient Hed + Neck, 2 hanging 3-way poofers: 4’6” – 5’ from landpad to top (Hed: 2’6” dia., 2’6” Neck ; 3-ways: 1’6” width, arm l tbd)
#4. Big Hed + Neck, 1 hanging 3-way poofer: 5’ – 6’ from landpad to top (Hed: 3’h, Neck: 3’ h; 3-way: 1’6” width, arm l tbd)
#3. Big Hed + Neck: 7’6” from landpad to top (Hed: 3’6” h, Neck: 4’ h)
#2. Big Hed + Neck: 8’6” from landpad to top (Hed: 3’6” – 4’ h, Neck: 4’6” h)
#1. Big Hed + Neck: 10’ from landpad to top (Hed: 4’ h, 5’ width, Neck: 5’6” h)
Weafs and Weaf arms
#9:
– Level span from pod ctr. to wrist joint (outward “reach” of arm): 1’ – 1’6”
– Arm segments per Weaf: 1 @ 1’6” – 2’ length ea.
– 2 mini-weafettes @ 2’6” length ea.
#8.
– Level reach of arm: 1’ – 2’
– Arm segments per Weaf: 2 @ 1’ – 1’6” length ea.
– 2 promatic weafettes @ 3’6” length ea., 1 mini-weafette @ 2’6” length ea.
#7.
– Level reach of arm: 1’ – 2’6”
– Arm segments per Weaf: 2 @ 1’ – 2’ length ea.
– 2 promatic teens @ 5’ l ea., 1 weafette
#6.
– Level reach of arm: 2’ – 3’
– Arm segments per Weaf: 2 @ 1’6” – 2’6” length ea.
– 2 promatic teens, 1 weafette
#5.
– Level reach of arm: 3’ – 4’
– Arm segments per Weaf: 2 @ 1’6” – 3’ length ea.
– 2 dry missus @ 5’ – 6’ length ea., 2 teens
#4.
– Level reach of arm: 3’ – 5’
– Arm segments per Weaf: 2 @ 2’ – 4’ length ea.
– 3 dry missus, 2 wet missus @ 5’6” – 7’ length ea.
#3.
– Level reach of arm: 3’ – 5’
– Arm segments per Weaf: 2 @ 2’ – 4’ length ea.
– 4 wet missus, 1 dry missus
#2.
– Level reach of arm: 3’ – 5’
– Arm segments per Weaf: 2 @ 2’ – 4’ length ea.
– 4 wet missus, 1 dry missus
#1.
– Level reach of arm: 3’ – 5’
– Arm segments per Weaf: 2 @ 2’ – 4’ length ea.
– 4 wet missus, 1 dry missus

Roots:
**Distance from pod ctr. to pod ctr. is uniformly 21′ – 22′!**
#11.
– Level span (“width”) from pod ctr. to toe of structural root: 3’
– Height of structural root from floor to flange joint ctr.: n/a
#10.
– Width of struct. root: 3’?
– Height of struct. root: 8”
#9.
– Width of struct. root: 3’?
– Height of struct. root: 1’
#8.
– Width of struct. root: 3’
– Height of struct. root: 2’
#7.
– Width of struct. root: 3’
– Height of struct. root: 2’6”
#6.
– Width of struct. root: 3’6”
– Height of struct. root: 3’6”
#5.
– Width of struct. root: 4’6”
– Height of struct. root: 4’6”
#4.
– Width of struct. root: 5’
– Height of struct. root: 5’
#3.
– Width of struct. root: 6’
– Height of struct. root: 6’
#2.
– Width of struct. root: 7’
– Height of struct. root: 7’
#1.
– Width of struct. root: 8’
– Height of struct. root: 8’

Mutopia

In 2008 we are creating Mutopia our latest collaborative project. It will celebrate the innovation and spirit of our community. Infusing form with greater dynamism and interactivity. Every participant brings new ideas to the work which manifest in fire and animation.

STRUCTURE

  • 13 Seedpods
  • 97’ x 60’ installation footprint
  • Made of cast aluminium, steel, copper, fire, and light
  • An interactive LED illumination system throughout installation

FIRE, STEAM, & ELECTRONICS

  • Ambient flame effects throughout the installation
  • 6 computer-and-participant controlled multi-directional propane poofers
  • 6 computer-and-participant controlled Promatic effects (propane pneumatics)
  • Liquid fuel canopy misters
  • 3 x 50 foot multi-dimensional liquid fuel fire effects erupting out of 3 central Seedpods
  • Sound wave driven propane flame effect
  • Sonar activated proximity sensors, giving Mutopia awareness
  • Steam seeping throughout installation
  • Proximity activated video nodes
  • Human activated movement controls, via hand cranks and levers

INTERACTIVITY
Mutopia is a participant controlled fire art installation. An individual can initiate sequenced patterns for the fire effects, LED lights and steam. Interactivity is multi-layered in the installation activated via custom buttons, sonar sensors, hand cranks and levers.

You are going to LOVE it!

love and fiery kisses,
Your Flaming Lotus Girls