Forged and hot-worked structural steel
57" x 31" x 6" (H x W x D)
Fire has an important place in human experience and symbolism. When I looked at all the ways fire and flames are portrayed in differing cultures and media, I realized that it's a challenging subject.
As an artist-blacksmith I have a close working relationship with fire and I wanted to represent flames in my own medium. I wanted to interpret fire in hot-worked steel and show that metal can be both solid and airy. I also wanted to show my own creative humor in a straightforward way.
Airy, dancing metal flames unzip from a strong and heavy piece of structural steel.
I used high-tech fires from an electronic torch and a gas jet furnace to cut and bend a common I-beam into an uplifting form that might suggest an opening zipper. Then I added hand forged steel flames, finishing them with an oxide patina because rust is the way steel slowly burns in air.
Firefly was purchased in 2011 by the University of Indianapolis for permanent exhibition in their "Campus Sculpture Walk" :: link here ::