The Crucible

Commissioned by White Night Melbourne for the February 21st 2015 event,  this project featured Ajagara, a 30m recycled steel dragon and a her Fire Forest. It was a collaborative effort between Stephanie Selig of Flame Effects Australia and Sean Diamond. Built in just over two months this project was only successful due to the amazing effort put in by a crew of 22 volunteers who not only assisted but learned many new skills on the project. Stephanie managed the project working closely with White Night and their fantastic vendors including Resolution X who provided lighting and Howard and Sons who provided the iso-par flame effects that lit up the night, delivering 12 shows in 12 hours between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m..

Photo by Russel Charters



Sean dreamed and created the dragon shaping her into existence while Stephanie and the crew assisted; creating the wings, developing the LED lighting effects and other smaller elements (including bling’d out claws and teeth complete with glitter and rhinestones).


With Sean providing the trees as a base for the Fire Garden, the Flame Effects Australia crew built over 16m of metal branches for the magrove inspired garden that held over 50 lanterns that were built as student projects. Nine women learned to weld while building this project and the team worked hard to assemble and rig the installation.















For more build photos click here.









For more installation photos go here.



Photo by Sarah Elizabeth Alexander

For more photos of the Crucible during White Night go here.

The Crucible was a huge success and was featured as a highlight of the night.











Big thanks to

  • White Night and Andrew Walsh
  • Sean Diamond and his family
  • Flame Effects Australia Volunteers , Anne, Clair, China, Colleen, Dana, Diia, Eleanor, Erin, Holger, Kirstine, Maayan, Nick, Nikki, Rohan, Scarlett, Sheridon, Shery and Terry
  • Rusty and his team at Howard & Sons
  • Mark Hopkins and his team at ResolutionX