Saguache Students Create Winning Fire Art
Last weekend, the 3rd Annual Telluride Fire Festival premiered the fire-spewing, three-headed Youth Pyros sculpture in Mountain Village. This sculpture was created in November by regional youth in a special workshop produced by Coldharbour Institute and Telluride Fire Festival through grants from Coldharbour Institute, Saguache County and scholarships from Telluride Fire Festival.
It was back in mid-November when students from Mountain Valley School met with other students from around the state in a cave in Telluride and made art, science and alliances.
The scholarship program was a resounding success and gave students the opportunity to discover how they could operate in any environment while learning new skills.
As part of last weekend’s festivities, the January 21 Fire Ball catered to a variety of tastes—with elevated VIP areas, lavish pillow rooms, musical entertainment by Roger Clyne, LoveTribe, DJ Ryan Smith, and Ryan Stringfellow as well as aerial silk performers, fire spinners, and live painting by Amanda Sage. Guests of the Fire Ball were also treated to Fire On The Mountain, the fire sculpture garden atop the ski area just outside the dance hall. Two of the three large fire sculptures were brought up to the ski area on snow cats. The wood sculpture was built with rescued wood pallets in just two days directly on the ski area. Participants interacted with the art either by hand cranking to induce the flames or by leaving a handwritten message on the soon-to-be-burned towering wood sculpture—the “Big, Bad Burn”—a la Burning Man style.
About The Telluride Fire Festival
The Fire Festival, a 501c3 event, scheduled for Jan. 20-22, 2017 will create a free interactive fire art experience on the pedestrian plazas of Mountain Village and Telluride’s Oak Street Gondola Plaza. Like Burning Man, the Festival will feature multi-storied, fire emitting “art cars” and burn barrels, while other larger-than-life, interactive, and fiery art installations will line these public spaces. Fire dancers will also be on stages offering breath-taking performances.
For more information about the Telluride Fire Festival, to become a sponsor, volunteer, or to submit a fire installation for consideration, please visit www.telluridefirefestival.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.