2020 – The Firebender


The Firebender


It is a fire sculpture that allows participants to manipulate flame effects using gestures.

Will it need power?


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

I have access to power through Lava Lounge

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).]

This sculpture will only be active when I am present to operate the fire effects. All fittings and connections have been pressure tested and the fuel supply will be kept 50′ away from the actual fire effects.

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?)

I was the lead metal designer and fabricator on the Otherworld Ohio Project. I was a lead fabricator on the center structure for Lava Lounge. I am a board member of Future TBD which has done several immersive installations. I would say that all of these endeavors were pretty successful.

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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.

To Date I have spent roughly $1,510.70 in just materials over the past year. I have attached a spreadsheet containing an itemized account of everything I have spent and what I wish to add on.

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?

All of the structural elements have been built since last year. I have been working with the tech designer from Otherworld over the past year to develop a more robust solution for the programming. We have a working program but now it appears that the brain i built may have problems so he is designing a new one and sending it to me. My hope is to have the basic functionality completely hammered out in the next month. Then work on integrating light elements to make the sculpture visually appealing while it is not being operated.

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.

Oh man, there are several things that I could think of. something along the lines of working through creativity blocks.
introduction to LED integration.
Feeling through the process.

I would be very willing to help facilitate this idea. Learning is life!

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?

Yes. Ignition Philter was kind enough to give me $300 last year for this project. Unfortunately I ran into some fatal coding problems that rendered it inoperable