The Angel of the Apocalypse is an elegant, abstracted bird rising from the ground. She is a sculpture of transformation and re-birth, creating a special space within her soaring feathers.
The elegant lines of the Angel are made from stainless and mild steel, driftwood and fuel. In her first incarnation the body was made with driftwood and burned away in a fiery show of destruction.
The body was recreated in mild steel in 2010, and includes welcoming spaces for seating, climbing, and button pushing. The Angel’s head burns wood in a passive fire; her wings are alive with participant activated flames. The warm, bright enclosure is an inviting environment, celebrating rebirth, life and community.
Participants move around and between the flaming feathers, and climb on and under the metal body like a big jungle gym. At the Angel’s heart hangs a bell, a tribute to artist, activist, and friend of FLG Tom Kennedy.
The head is built from 3/16” steel plate, curved and layered, standing 14’ tall with glass eyes, and serves as an all-night wood-burning fireplace. The stainless steel wings range in size from 9’ – 20’ (2m – 7m) tall. The small inner feathers feature continuous ambient fire, with a large ‘poof’ effect controlled by buttons embedded in the metal body.
60′ x 30′ footprint.
Robodock, Amsterdam, 2012
Toronto, Canada, 2010
Burning Man, Black Rock City NV, 2005