2020 – Ruben’s Tube


Ruben’s Tube


The Ruben’s Tube is a sealed tube (this will be 4″ wide x 5 feet long) with a speaker sealing one end. Propane fuel is fed into the tube’s middle, with a low volume courtesy of multiple inhibitors. Sound waves, which operate at a different hertz than gas and air, cause the gas (fire) to “dance” with the music, as it’s pushed out in tune with the music that’s fed into the Ruben’s Tube. Using an old receiver/amplifier, I can connect this to the DJ/audio equipment at Wonderlounge to work in conjunction with the audio the DJ plays.

Will it need power?


If it will need power, what is your power plan?

Wonderlounge will supply the power

Does the piece incorporate flame effects, moveable pieces, and/or is it climbable?


If it does incorporate flame effects, moveable pieces, and/or is climbable what is your safety plan? [(Note: if flame effects are used, your project will be subject to inspection by the Burnable Art Lead, who has final say if your project will burn during the event).]

The Ruben’s Tube has a low likelihood of failure and will use a low amount of gas. I intend to run it in intervals no longer than 15 minutes, to be certain gas won’t be trapped in the system. This is on the extreme side of safety as most people run these much longer. Inhibitors prevent too much gas from being fed into the device. It will be set up on non-moveable stand to ensure it won’t be knocked out. I will have a fire extinguisher.

Have you completed any other large scale art projects? (In this media? Where and when? How did the project go? Do you have pictures or recordings?)


How much money do you need? (Up to $575) We are looking for a thorough itemized budget and the amount of grant money you are requesting.Please include a reasonably researched estimate of the cost of the materials you expect to need.


If you want to upload something for the budget you can do that here:

What is your timeline detailing the planning, creation, installment, and removal of your project?

March: Order all parts needed; begin build
April: Finish build; test
May 21: Set up Ruben’s Tube at Wonderlounge
May 25: Take down Ruben’s Tube

Optional but encouraged: detailed drawings, CAD files/SketchUp documents, sketches, or other graphic illustrations of your creative concept.

We would like the artists to give community workshops outside of Flipside. Do you think you have a workshop idea that could be provided to the community? If so, please tell us what it is.


By applying for this grant you agree that if given the funds you plan to:

Work to compete your project by Flipside, Save and provide receipts of materials greater than or equal to grant amount by 07/25/20. If you do not provide this information you be disqualified from receiving a grant in the future., Complete a follow up report so we can learn

You may upload photos/recording of past projects here *You must have a Google account to do so.

We will be having the 2021 Ignition Philter fundraiser after the fall town hall (usually held in late September/ early October.) Would you be willing to bring the piece back for that event?


Have you received funding from any other entity or regional for this piece previously? If so, who and how much?