The Angel of the Apocalypse is an elegant sculptural environment that rises from the ground in the form of an abstracted bird. The Angel is made from shaped and welded stainless and mild steel, driftwood and fuel.The Angel's head and wings are alive with fire, whose dynamic effects are controlled by the people inside the body space of the installation. The warm, bright enclosure is an environment inviting celebration of life and community.
The head of the bird is built from 3/16 in steel plate, curved and layered, standing 14 ft tall with hand blown glass eyes and serves as an all-night wood-burning fireplace. The stainless steel wings range in size from 9-20 ft (2-7m) tall. The small inner feathers have a continuous ambient fire effect with a large 'poof' of flame controlled by participants using glowing buttons embedded in the driftwood body. The large outer feathers are lit using low pressure liquid fuel running down the outer spine.
Participants move around and between the flaming feathers, and climb on and into the driftwood body. All are invited to operate propane flame effects in the inner wings. The Angel with its open 'courtyard' space between the wings, body and head welcomes audience menbers and performance.