2020 – Trono de Fuego – The Flame Effects


Trono de Fuego – The Flame Effects


Whilst sitting around chatting about possible fire projects for the upcoming Flipside themed “Sacred & the Propane”, I decided that I would love to work on a project with the help of Tim Deagan, who most people consider to be an authority on art projects. As I thought more about why I wanted to work with Tim, I thought about all the amazing projects he has either created himself or had a large part in the creation thereof. All the time & effort he has poured into the communities in which he is involved, how generous he is with his knowledge & time to assist others in their propane projects, how much time & effort he has poured into learning so much about the art of propane, and he wrote a book about it called Make: Fire – The Art and Science of Working with Propane. This led me to the idea of creating an art project dedicated to Tim as he has been an inspiration & mentor to so many people. I see Tim as a King of Propane art, which is why I want to honor him with this art project.

In considering how to honor Tim, the first idea was to create a fire crown, which quickly led to a conversation about creating a throne, which is the idea that stuck.

Seven copper propane pipes will rise above the throne, three on each side & one in the center, creating a constant flame effect. A larger propane pipe will rise up in the center of the constant flame effect that will create a fireball boosh effect.

Participants will be able to sit on the throne & ignite the fireball boosh effect by pushing a button on top of a scepter as the ignition switch.

Will it need power?


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

Power will only be needed to control the solenoid valve that controls the propane release to the propane effects. There will be separate solenoid values for each flame effect, one for the boosh effect & one for the constant flame effect.

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).]

Each branch of the project will also have it’s own cutoff valve, one for the boosh effect & one for the constant flame effect. Built into the project there will be a main cutoff valve. The flame effects will be a safe distance above the head of participants who choose to sit in the throne. We will also have fire extinguishers present as a precaution.

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?)

Jaime Diaz has been involved in the Burn community since 2015 & is currently the Warehouse Manager for the Flipside Warehouse. He was a project lead for Blind Tiger, which was a large Speakeasy created out in deep playa at Burning Man for several years. He worked on the Forge of Hephaestus that was a lichtenberg device at Flipside 2019. The Temple of Reflection which was a temple built for Freezerburn 2019.

Christie Hollis has been involved in the Burn community since 2010. She helped create a row multiple Ruben’s Tubes at Flipside 2012 & has assisted in building camp infrastructure every year. She is now lead of a large theme camp at Flipside called Spin Camp & the lead of Sanitation for Flipside. This will be her first larger scale art piece.

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.


Propane & Parts: $875
Flambeau: $110
Boosh: $450

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?

The planning for this project has begun already & will last until May. The installment of the project on the land should take a day & removal of the project should take less than a day. We will use tar trailer & a truck to bring the project & remove it.

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?