The Serpent Mother

The Serpent Mother is a 168′ long sculpture of a skeletal serpent, coiled around her egg. Propane fire runs down her spine, with 41 poofers erupting from the top of her gleaming vertebrae. Reaching 20’ in the air, her hydraulically actuated head and jaws chomp at the sky.

The serpent is a highly kinetic, participant controlled installation. Fire effects are a major interactive and sculptural element of the piece, controlled by pushing buttons located on the ribs. . The audience helps to direct her movements, using controls that move the head and jaws, effectively making each show a unique event created by the participants.

The Serpent Mother challenges the traditional art perspective by creating an interactive experience, giving permission to move beyond passive viewing. Unlike an unapproachable painting in a prestigious museum which invites only an intellectual admiration, the Serpent Mother invites viewers to physically engage in her art, becoming part of the installation.

Show History

Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV, August 2015

Steampunk Mascarade, Oakland, CA, April 2015

Ray and Diane’s Ridiculous Wedding, Oakland, CA, April 2015

Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, June 2012

Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival, Indio April 2009

Opulent Temple, Treasure Island San Francisco, February 2009

Robodock Festival, Amsterdam, September 2007

Fire Arts Festival, Oakland, July 2007

Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, August 2006 (Serpent Mother Premiere)

Fire Arts Festival, Oakland, July 2006 (Preview of the Serpent Mother Head)

Physical Specs

The serpent has a 168′ long spine composed of 91 individual hand formed stainless steel vertebrae. The tallest archway reaches 20′ high, and the over all footprint is 65′ x 50′. The hydraulically actuated head measures 11′ x 5′ x 5′, and is controlled by FLG crew and supervised participants.

An ambient flame effect runs down spine with 41 participant controlled propane poofers. The egg opens to reveal a liquid fuel effect, shooting plumes of fire 50′ in the air.


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