Wednesday, February 12, 2014

World Fire Sculpture Championship, Riga Latvia 2014

Howdy folks,
I am still editing all the video that I captured from my participation in the World Fire Sculpture Championship. I am learning Premiere Pro as I am putting it all together. Nevertheless, I am processing small snippets of the video for public consumption and as teasers for the final film. I have footage from the first meeting, the building of the sculptures, footage of all the sculptures being lit and the final award ceremony that I captured from the stage where the winners were announced.
 Stay tuned and bear with me as I process this footage.

So for now I have included a link to the first prize winning sculpture created by the Russian team.
More later...


  1. That is an incredible video Dave. I look forward to seeing your sculpture.

  2. Glad to see such a nice crisp vid of this event —great job, David!
    ...and it was magnanimous of you to post your competitor's art before posting your own. :-)

    I gotta ask: what was controlling the movement of the horse? My eyes popped when it started moving, bec. I thought the fire was creating the movement. After a while I wondered if someone was pulling on ropes while it burned.

  3. Christina and Chuck,
    Thanks for the comments. Yes the horses movements were being controlled with wires while it burned. There were actually about 4 different sculptures that used this method. Personally, I think this aspect turns it more into a puppet than a sculpture - that is where personal aesthetics enter the scene.

  4. I think you're right David.
    Next year, I'm going to attend and yell "foul!", so you get the big prize. :-)

  5. Chuck,
    I am not big on winning. The thing that is very hard to capture is the comradery that I felt there. The competition was limited to two man teams - so everyone had to have some help in constructing their sculpture - and everyone pitched in to help.
    There was nothing in the rules about participating with the piece during its burn - I guess you could kinda think of it like performance art. My own preference is that it be more like a kinetic sculpture rather than a performance piece but the audience really liked the performance aspect - maybe because they couldn't see what was happening behind the scenes. Or maybe they could but did not even care.