Flaming Lotus Girls

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Flaming Lotus Girls is a female-driven collaborative art group that creates large-scale fire art. Founded in San Francisco, California in 2000, they built their first sculpture, the Flaming Lotus Sr, for the Burning Man arts festival in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Their pieces incorporate steel, stainless steel, copper, glass, wood, and light, and incorporate fire ranging from a 2-inch (51 mm) flicker to a 150-foot (46 m) blaze. Their name is a nod to the Lotus flower which can thermoregulate heat control, and is a symbol in many Asian cultures representing feminine attributes such as elegance, beauty, perfection, purity and grace.

While they include all genders, one core mission of the group is to provide an open and supportive culture promoting volunteer contribution and leadership opportunities for women. Members who regularly attend meetings can have input in designing, building, operating and playing with the large-scale work that is created, in a leadership style called do-ocracy; in short, if one wants to see something happen, they must take the initiative to do it.

Art[edit]

Tympani Lambada (2011)[edit]

Tympani Lambada is a sculptural representation of the inner ear.

Soma (2009)[edit]

Soma at the Electric Daisy Carnival, Photo by Michael Prados

Soma represents a neuron, and captures the sensory experience of flowing electricity and energy through a microscopic cellular system, on a monumental scale.

Mutopia (2008)[edit]

Mutopia methanol shooters, Friday night, Burning Man 2008

Mutopia is a spiraling sculptural installation representing seedpods, and laid out according to the Golden Ratio, a proportion found throughout art and nature.

The Serpent Mother (2006)[edit]

The Serpent Mother
The Serpent Mother at Dawn 2006

The Serpent Mother is a 168-foot-long (51 m) sculpture of a skeletal serpent coiled around her egg.

The Angel of the Apocalypse (2005)[edit]

The Angel of the Apocalypse at Burning Man 2005

This elegant sculpture, originally built of steel, driftwood and fire systems, rises from the earth in the form of an abstracted bird. The Angel's wings burn continuously with ambient flame, and each feather features audience-controlled “poofer” fire effects.

Its head, formed from curved steel plate and featuring hand-blown glass eyes, stands 20 feet (6.1 m) tall and functions as a wood burning fireplace. Participants are invited to move around and between the Angel’s feathers, and to climb and sit atop its driftwood torso.

During its debut appearance at Burning Man, the driftwood torso was burnt as part of the performance. A new steel one was designed and constructed in the winter of 2009-2010, to bring to Toronto's Winter Festival.

The Seven Sisters (2004)[edit]

Electra, of the Seven Sisters morning after the Burn, Burning Man 2004

A collection of seven sculptures approximately 15 feet (4.6 m) in height, representing the stars of the Pleiades constellation.

  • Alcyone
  • Celano
  • Maia
  • Taygeta
  • Asterope
  • Merope
  • Electra

A Merope rebuild was completed in March 2012, and features CNC plasma-cut stainless steel sides.

The Hand of God (2003)[edit]

A 12-foot (3.7 m) copper sculpture of a woman's hand that shoots flame from all five fingers.

Mini Mega Jr. (2002)[edit]

Fire Fan (2002)[edit]

Huge plumes of liquid fire controlled by midi.

Fire Island (2002)[edit]

Interactive Flaming Flowers, cacti, arbors and more.

Flaming Flower Garden (2001)[edit]

A garden of fire, including copper flowers, a lily pond, and a weeping willow.

Flaming Lotus Sr. (2000)[edit]

A sculptural flame thrower.

Film[edit]

The Flaming Lotus Girls were featured in Dust & Illusions,[1] a documentary about the whole history of Burning Man. Pouneh Mortazavi, Rebecca Anders, Rosa Anna DeFilippis, Caroline Miller, Charlie Gadeken and James Stauffer were the Flaming Lotus Girls' members interviewed for the film. The footage features the Serpent Mother created in 2006.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Olivier, Bonin (March 2009). "Dust & Illusions. Documentary on 30 Years of Burning Man history". "The 90 minutes long documentary features the Flaming Lotus in a 15 minutes segment."