The small crew of Brendan Jones and Stephanie Selig assisted by Nick Westcott brought Haoma’s Vile Heat to the Beautiful Darkness event at CERES, June 25th 2016, to celebrate a turning towards the light after the longest night of the year.
We wanted to thank all of the families and community members who came and celebrated. We hope you were able to bask in her heat and let yourself be healed and energised. We especially loved the delight of the children who came to press the button to ignite the propane flame effects. If you snapped any photos we’d love to see them, please email us.
It was just one year ago that we hosted the Flame Effects for the Artist Class with Propaniac who runs Poofer Supply and Dave X from Burning Man. Over the course of two days they covered everything from the safe handling of LPG (propane), how to build a flame effect from scratch, all about gauges, electronics and even a fire extinguisher training.
On the second day we built a sculpture with an effect in one day, it went from a pile of scrap materials that participants donated to a full fire ‘poofing’ machine that got named the “Eye of Sauron” but was affectionately nicknamed “Free the Nipple”.
This effect is an accumulated LPG (propane effect) lit by a LPG pilot that runs off a secondary tank. It is controlled by a closed-valve 12V solenoid hooked to a battery and our control panel complete with an emergency kill switch. As you can see the frame wasn’t much to look at and we also needed to raise her another meter to make it safe to display at festivals. A few of us got together and raised her up another meter.
By June we were itching to do more with her and got approved for a Small Arts Grant from Burning Seed. A small crew was formed and Brendan Jones, Sage Lian and Haig Jason spent a weeknight each week for a few months turning the Nipple into the beautiful beast “Haoma’s Vile Heat” which debuted at a regional Burning Man event, Burning Seed 2015 out in the Matong State Forest, 5 hours from Melbourne.
Photo by Stephanie Selig
Photo by NIgel Dobson-Keefe
Photo by Nigel Dobson-Keefe
Her next adventure took her to The Town, a small community based music and arts event in the Strathbogie Ranges over Easter Weekend April 2015. She delighted the crowd, illuminating and warming the dance floor each ‘poof’ that was fired off.