The Serpent Mother
There has never been a sculpture like the Serpent Mother. The warmth of her fire and her circular design create an experience in which over 1000 people come together -- drawn in by her embrace.
She prompts her audience not only to interact with the art, but also with one another. Wherever she exists, she creates new communities.
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," or flame-throwers, that erupt from the top of her vertebrae. Reaching 20 feet in the air, her head and jaws are hydraulically operated.
She is a highly kinetic, participant controlled installation. Fire effects are a major interactive, sculptural element of the piece. The audience helps to direct her movements, using controls that move the head and jaws and pushing buttons located on the ribs that set off flame effects, effectively making each show a unique event created by the participants.
The Serpent Mother challenges the traditional art perspective by creating an interactive experience which is the opposite of passive viewing. Unlike an unapproachable painiting in a prestigious museum which invites only an intellectual admiration, the Serpent Mother invites viewers to physically engage in her art.
Serpent Mother Show History
Fire Arts Festival, California, July 2006 (Preview of the Serpent Mother Head)
Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, August 2006 (Serpent Mother Premiere)
Fire Arts Festival, California, July 2007
Robodock Festival, Amsterdam, September 2007
Opulent Temple, Treasure Island San Francisco, February 2009
Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival, Indio April 2009
Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, June 2012