[update: b1-66er has posted a write up of the event -- definitely worth the read »]
Then I got this email from a friend:
Went to the Crucible's Fire Arts festival. It is an art school in Oakland that teaches art that is related to fire. Blacksmithing, goldsmithing, glassblowing, neon art, etc. Once a year they have a festival with fire arts performers. It was spectacular to say the least.
A lot of Survival research labortories type robotic sculptures, devices that spewed fire, sometimes colored fire, sometimes inches, sometimes many feet into the air. They had a dance video machine set up where you competed with someone else, but they put you in a fireproof suit and they blasted you in the face with a flamethrower if you made a mistake.
A couple guys had some fans set up. They were wearing fireproof suits and were armed with flamethrowers. They were making a fire tornado that at times would get to be 30 to 40 feet in the air. Very impressive.
Then I hit Flickr, figuring if anyone else was there it would be Thomas Hawk. Well: almost. He got his last year, in 2005. Check out his chronicle of (last year's) event »
Being there would have been better, but baby, sometimes the story's all you've got.
[Photo credit: Thomas Hawk]