Indoor test sequence (proof of principle)

FIRE CONTAINED

Outdoor test sequence

THE CONCEPT

Light acts as a material…

We animate the material, triggering changes through the proximity of the spectator.

Flames dance underneath a pulsating sheet of water. The flames trapped by the water are dragged along and eventually roll back on themselves due to their own heat.

Fire is the original light. Water it’s existential opposite.

Co-existing without destroying each other, the opposites create original and unpredictable forms as they dance in their own light.

Flame & Water nozzle

TECHNICAL PRINCIPLE

Water shot under pressure at a polished cone generates a stable sheet of water.

We animate the pressure and duration of the jet of water.

Millisecond bursts of flame are created under the sheet of water by solenoid valves using propane.

The flames are electronically ignited.

The water system is a closed circuit and runs continuously.

The animation sequence is controlled by proximity sensors.

TEST SET-UP

The test films were made using the temporary set-up shown in the photos below.