This is a large scale expansion of the Altar of Prometheus project from Apogaea 2013. I would like to incorporate additional elements to transform it from a stand-alone sculpture into the “Church of Prometheus,” a gathering space/sculpture/performance piece.
Prometheus is the Greek god who stole fire from Mt. Olympus and brought it down to humanity. For this, he was punished by Zeus by being chained to a mountainside for eternity. The fire he gave us also represents life’s intensity: creativity, passion, soul. As Burners, these are all things we “worship.” This installation will create a place to worship--a full-blown church of Prometheus, though somewhat of a caricature.
The Space: This will be a large, Flaming Lotus Girls-style space, with fire on all sides, and plenty of interactive art to explore.
The Sculpture: The space will be a circle of fire art, starting with Prometheus’ face, which has a burn barrel mouth and molten metal eyes.
The left arm will reach out of the ground, 10’ high, holding a sphere of fire. The fingers will be robotically articulating, with flame effects at the tip of each one, all controlled by participants, via a panel at the base.
The right arm will be laying on the ground, cradling a unique glass and steel fire sculpture.
The head and arms will create the top half of the circle, and the bottom half will be a stage opposite the head, with other fire art pieces providing a perimeter. Pieces will include the Narcissus flower sculpture and Pandora’s Box. Other artists have been invited to create and bring themed fire art to add to the circle. (See “Top View” in Google Drive.)
The Interactive Performance: People who are interested in helping to spread “The Word” of Prometheus can put on Promethean missionary robes and go out among the Apogaeans to preach in whatever style they’d like-- Jehovah’s Witness, Southern Baptist, Hare Krishna, etc.
“Fire is the only true light. LEDs are a false idol, for they give no heat.”
Part of the prosthelytizing would be to draw a crowd for the sermon(s).
The Fire Worship: A short sermon/performance with fire baptisms and a sexy fire spinning/fire dance competition on the stage will be followed by dancing to sensuous beats in celebration of the gift of Prometheus. This could be just one night, or repeated multiple nights.
Dimensions: The space will be an oval of fire art within a 70’x50’ area, with additional clearance needed for flame effects. This would bring the space needed to an area of 90’x70’, which should be as flat as possible and be open above (with no trees).
Placement: Ideal placement will be where the Fucking Unicorns camp was in 2014. Alternatively, a potential spot is where Eruption was in 2013 (across the main road, past the portapotties). A final option is on the other side of Center Camp, where Sparks and Recreation was in 2013 / Misfit Toys was in 2014. (See “Placement Map” in Google Drive.) A small group (<10) may camp on location, but most of the participants will be spread among other camps. There will be a moderately-sized sound system with DJs playing evening and nighttime sets, most appropriate for a Large Sound Zone.
base of right arm
main structure of right arm & hand
wire frame of right arm & hand
skin of right arm & hand
base of left arm
main structure of left arm & hand
wire frame of left arm
wire frame of left hand
articulation of left hand fingers
left hand sphere
left arm robotics
skin of left arm & hand
build chains for both arms
modifications to face
secure DJ booth
secure sound equipment
coordinate fire performance
coordinate music performance
7 - Prometheus left arm
3 - Prometheus face
3 - Prometheus right arm
8 - Poofers
wiring & controller set-up
disassemble & load
transport to Apogaea
SUV towing a 24’ flatbed trailer
pickup truck towing a 16’ trailer
2 drivers: procrastiNate & colleague
Execution: The installation is designed in a modular style. It will be built in sections and disassembled beforehand to be reassembled with minimum construction. There will be a team of 4-6 people on-site to erect the Church during work weekend. Likewise, there will be a crew to tear down on Sunday and Monday.
all flame effects will have lockable valves to prevent tampering
all electronics will be disconnected and stored when not in use
all components will be securely staked down
all wires and propane lines will be covered and secured to prevent damage and injury
the installation will not be damaged by inclement weather
LNT Plan / MOOP safeguards:
The project itself does not create MOOP. All construction materials will be cleaned up on an ongoing basis during set-up. A 30-minute MOOP clean-up will take place daily. A full line sweep will take place following tear-down.
Hours of Operation:
Robes will be available for daily community participation. Flame effects will be on for a period each night. The Sermon(s) will begin at dark and will end at or before the 4am start of quiet hours.
procrastiNate Harris works as a metal fabricator at a high-end architectural and ornamental metalwork shop (10 years of welding and fabrication experience). He is a veteran Burner (11 years) and Apogaean (8 years).
At Apogaea, he has held the following positions:
DPW (3 years)
DPW daily lead (2 years)
Fire art safety lead (1 year)
procrastiNate’s prior projects:
Icarus/Daedalus (2007 Apogaea, Burning Man)
The Warming Globe (2008 & 2012 Apogaea)
Ars Mutatus (2010 & 2011 Apogaea)
Altar of Prometheus (2013 Apogaea)
Narcissus (2014 Burning Man, Elsewhence)
Alexis Rebane is an expert at creating systems and organizing details. She also has great motivational skills--powerful enough to ward off procrastination. She will coordinate the logistics of the project and facilitate communication among participating artists. Relatively new to the scene, Alexis has attended Burning Man twice and Apogaea and Elsewhence once each, supporting procrastiNate with Narcissus at Burning Man and Elsewhence.
June Rodgers will coordinate the fire performance and act as Head Safety for that portion of the Sermon. She is an active member of Apogaea Conclave and instructs during UFUG workshops.
Stephanie Swartz has the sewing skills. As a costume designer, she’ll be responsible for creating the robes worn by the priests.
The Living Design crew includes veteran burners, new burners, and virgins. As a number of procrastiNate’s coworkers were intrigued by Prometheus’ face in 2013, they are eager to help with this expansion-- they are a tight-knit crew of fabricators with a vast array of knowledge and skills.
High Priests will be inducted into the Church of Prometheus prior to the event. They will lead the crusade by converting Apogaeans to the worship of fire--donning robes to prosthelytize as they invite everyone to the Sermon, which they will conduct.
Several individuals have expressed interest in this project. The final team will include additional artists providing fire sculptures, a sound lead with equipment, DJs, and fire performers.
There will be at least one sober member of the team supervising the sculptures at all times when they are lit. There will be emergency shut-off valves at each main fuel tank and at each flame effect, in addition to a master kill switch. There will be at least 4 fire extinguishers, spread around the circle, on hand at all times when the sculptures are lit. There will also be buckets of water with towels at each burn barrel (if wood is used), for spark mitigation and in case of burns.
The propane apparatus will be fully compliant with National Fire Protection Association article 160, "Flame Effects Before an Audience" and article 58, “Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code.” NFPA 160 provides requirements for the protection of property, operators, performers, support personnel, and the viewing audiences where flame effects are used indoors or outdoors. The purpose of this standard shall be to provide minimum requirements to the operators and manufacturers for the safe operation of flame effects. (An online version of NFPA 160 can be read at: http://www.nafaa.org/nfpa160.htm)
NFPA 58 provides requirements for safe propane gas storage, handling, transportation, plumbing, and use.
All fire performers will have taken the UFUG workshop and will be checked in with Convergence. During the Sermon, the fire performers will have designated safeties. The fire performer fuel dump will be appropriately located away from the generator and flame effects. The generator is a fairly new, well-maintained Honda 10KW, which will be appropriately enclosed and away from all fuel.
All structures are engineered for structural stability and constructed out of steel by professional welders and fabricators. The audience is expected to interact with many of the components; the sculptures will withstand tremendous use.
During operation, the area will be lit by fire sculptures.
Steel & construction materials
14ga sheet steel (4' x 8') - 6 @ $58
2" x 2" x 1/8" steel square tube - 80ft @ $1.80
3/8" steel round bar - 210ft @ $.95
1/2" steel round bar - 150ft @ $1.50
2" x 1/4" steel angle - 30ft @ 2.80
1" x 1/8" steel angle - 60ft @ $1.12
1/4" - 20 x 1" Flat head bolts - box of 50 @ $8.29
1/4" - 20 nuts - 1 box of 50 @ $3.26
Prometheus Flame Effects and Robotics
12v 800W power supply 2 @ $60.05
MIDI-RLY08 relay board - 2 @ $58
2- strand 10ga wire (ft) - 500ft @ $.32
Silicon Nitride 12V Igniter - 7 @ $19.95
12v DC 110 lb Linear actuator - 5 @ 91.95
15" propane hose w/POL fitting - 4 @ $8.69
24" propane hose w/POL fitting - 4 @ $9.34
1/2" lockable ball valve - 2 @ $13.51
6-port manifold block - 5 @ $24.47
3/8" ball valve - 8 @ $8.90
propane hose 3/8" - 110 ft @ $1.60
1/2" solenoid valve - 7 @ $49.50
3/4" solenoid valve - 1 @ $57.15
3/8" copper tubing (20 ft roll) - 2 @ $27.72
4' quartz glass fire tube - 1 @ $64.02
2' quartz glass fire tube - 2 @ $32.55
fire tube burner assembly - 3 @ $74.97
3/8" flare fittings - 20 @ $3.89
1 1/2" PVC pipe (10ft) - 10 @ $5.69
100 lb propane tank - 1 @ $140
Outer Circle Flame Effects
30lb propane tank - 8 @ $62.47
3/4" sch 80 pipe 2" - 16 @ 5
3/4" sch 80 tee - 4 @ $14.70
3/4" sch 80 cross - 4 @ $21.97
3/4" - 3/8" reducer - 8 @ $1.62
3/4" solenoid valve - 6 @ $57.15
3/4" solenoid valve - 2 @ $57.15
propane hose 3/8" - 150ft @ $1.60
36" propane hose w/POL fitting - 2 @ $8.33
3/8" ball valve - 4 @ $8.90
1 1/2" PVC pipe (10ft) - 12 @ $5.69
Costumes & Decoration
white cotton broadcloth - 30yds @ $3.89
red cotton broadcloth - 15yds @ $3.89
elastic, thread, trim & accessories
Fuel, Power, and Transportation
10Kw generator rental (1 week)
propane tank rental (1 week) - 6 @ $20
propane (approx. price per gallon) - 150 gallons @ $3
Fuel for truck & generator - 40 gallons @ (estimated) $3.50/g
Additional truck/trailer/driver rental
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