We wish to thank Mountain High Fire & Safety for their continued support of the Telluride Fire Festival. We are so grateful for their sponsorship as we head into our 3rd annual event. We could not do it without you!
Albuquerque artist Shane Shane created a biodiversity sphere out of a 500-gallon propane tank from the 1950s. Each detail is more intricate than the next. And Albuquerque artist Shane Shane wanted it that way. Out of a 500-gallon propane tank from the 1950s, Shane was able to create a world.
It’s one of wonder and it’s one with a message.
“The ecosystem is important to every creature,” explains Shane. “Each part is represented in this piece.”
Shane’s “Biodiversity Sphere – Endless Prospect of Life & Wonder” took nearly three months of work. Each piece of the project was hand cut by Shane and Shaun Myers.
There are dolphins, elephants, rhinos as well as an owl, a wolf and many sea creatures included in the piece. Inside the hollow sphere, Shane has set up a propane tank, which lights up the entire sculpture at night.
Shane is making his first trip to Telluride this January 20 to participate in the 3rd annual Festival both his Biodiversity Fire Sphere and a new creation called Obelisk.
Image by Albuquerque Journal photographer, Jim Thompson.
Excerpted from Gunnison Times: Will Shoemaker, Times Editor
The smell of propane wafted from a long metal tube as Max Ewy flicked a lighter over small drill holes, igniting the apparatus in a long line of short flames. Ewy rushed around the tube to queue punk music, sent through a speaker at one end of the cylinder. As the sounds of The Damned blared, the flames danced along with the beat.
Part science, part art, Ewy’s Ruben’s tube, as it’s called, jumped to life in a swirl of sound and sight. The first project of its kind for the 15-year-old artist and costume designer, the “standing wave flame tube” has been selected to highlight the second annual Telluride Fire Festival, Jan. 14-17.
The idea for creating the Ruben’s tube came from a YouTube video. And after learning of the Fire Festival, Ewy was encouraged to produce the apparatus for the event.
The Festival culminates in this spectacular fundraising Fire Ball and Barn Burning: a unique setting atop the gondola at Station St Sophia in the 30-foot high vaulted ceilinged venue. This location is ideal for both in-town and Mountain Village guests. This fete, where audience will become artist, offers a truly unique experience, combining exhibition with performance, and commemorating all forms of artistry.
The fabulous LoveTribe along with DJ Phoenix, The Strangefellow, will provide high energy music to dance by. Theatrical performers Stacy Everson, Kim Bucki and Bryan Pope with mesmerize all. Attendees will choose between intimate lounge areas, dance spaces, have unlimited beverages, and appetizers.