Mutopia is a fiery beast of a sculpture, telling the story of the evolution of seedpod like creatures. Eleven pods are laid out in the golden spiral, a ratio found throughout art and nature, each connected to the one prior by twisting steel roots.
In the middle of the spiral, the largest, oldest pods gather. The most mature, they are topped with fantastic blooms that shoot multicolored streams of fire high into the air. Along the spiral of metal and fire, the pods extend roots, evolving, incorporating newer technologies, becoming smarter, more interactive. Delicate ambient flames develop into propane driven pneumatics and pendulum like flowers that burst with fire and movement. LED fiddleheads emerge, the last seedpods barely cracking open, only hinting at their next stage of evolution.
Mutopia creates an environment of heat and light, inviting people to become part of its story.
The seedpods are made out of mild and stainless steel, copper, cast aluminum, incorporating a large array of interactive flame effects, LEDs and steam. The roots offer places to sit and watch the sculpture come alive with the potent mix of people and fire. Mutopia’s footprint is 97 ft by 60 ft, and reaches up to 30 ft high.
11 seedpod structures, starting from 3′ and rising to 30′. Installed in a golden mean spiral.
. Each seedpod features a variety of unique propane, liquid fuel and steam effects.
Warm copper, reflective finish stainless steel, cast aluminium and mild steel
Highly interactive sculpture consisting of motion, lighting, fire and infrastructure. Control buttons recessed into the root system.
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