Fire Bird: Eeva-Liisa Sorainen, Helena
Kaikkonen, Minna kangasmaa, Finland.
are phenomena in both Finnish and Lappish ancient religions,
beliefs, story telling traditions and their relationship to nature
that contain features separating them from the traditions of Western
and Southern Europe.
Fire sculpture fits in with the Finnish
cultural traditions. Fire sculpture are like the bonfires that have
been built in Finland from time
Fire Bird, 2005, Nallikari, Oulu, 2005: Eeva-Liisa Sorainen (Mölsä), Helena Kaikkonen, Minna and
Tuomo Kangasmaa. look video
to build a fire sculpture, documents of Fire Fox
Fire Art Sculpture in Scandinavia
captures time and space very concretely. Momentarily changing the
physical character of the place it also changes its meanings. Fire’s
ability to give light alone is a powerful factor.
art sculptures are built from materials that burn, with the aim of
controlling the shape and progression of the fire. Fire Sculptures
are rather large constructions. Quite often, they reach a height of
between 5 to 7 meters, while the width depends on the subject
the sculpture is designed, it is already contemplated in what
direction and at what speed the fire progresses in the work of art.
Burn time of a sculpture varies depending on shape, density and
moisture content of materials and the weather on ignition day. - The
wind is one of the artists in fire art.
art sculpture stands up from SwedenFire sculpture is a new
art form with a very strong historical linking and roots long time
past in the Ancient Scandinavian history. Fire feels mysterious,
primitive and it bewitches the spectators. Fire is connected to
different types of rituals and beliefs.
- Long, long ago, fire
meant the difference between life and death.
Finnish examples of
communal fire related events are the bonfires at Easter and
Midsummer, which today are still a part of a living cultural
European championship in fire-sculpting in 1998 Stockholm, Sweden,
encouraged european artists.European sculptors
fight mire with fire
......Swedes can't lay claim to inventing
fire, but they're the first to codify it as an art form - not
surprisingly, given the importance of fire in Swedish culture, from
the giant celebratory ... ´"
from:Chicago Sun-Times Article
date:January 17, 1999
Sculptor Gunnar Carl
Nilsson of Sweden, founder of the European Fire Sculpture
Championship desrbibes this art: ""fire art" is not about playing
with fire or simply burning up a piece of art. Fire should transform
the piece, not destroy it. The artwork must hold its integrity
before, during and after ignition."
"It's very primal, for one
thing," Larsen says. "Everyone is aware how dangerous it is. . .
Working with fire is like working with wild animals; you can't turn
your back on it for a moment."
Performing a full-body burn takes
intense psychological preparation, he says. There are also physical
precautions to make, including protective apparel. Even so, he ended
up with second-degree burns on his arms after one performance. -:"
Don't try this at home", he adviced.!
the European championship in fire-sculpting, many artists groups
turned to fire-sculpture with more confidence. The sense of unity
with other artists of similar creative thinking from Sweden,
Finland, Lithuania, Austria, Germany, and France has been essential
in making this choice in favour of a new medium.
finnish wood sculptor Eeva-Liisa Sorainen (Mölsä) was gathered
artist group from Central Finland to take part this championship.
The group worked several years together after a success in
championship. Eeva-Liisa Sorainen is one of finnish fire art
pioneer. Today the original group has broke up.
European Symposium in Fire Sculpture was being held for the second
time 2000. Fire and ice was the theme at the Lulaå ARcTic Festival
2000, in conjunction with Winter Cities 2000.
Today City of
Rovaniemi and Kemi in Lappland shows most interesting
site-psefic art using momentary materials: snow, ice and fire.
RiverLights since 2001 is an annual fire art happening in
Rovaniemi organized by the City of Rovaniemi. - Professor
Timo Jokela, University of Lapland, is the artistic
leader of the RiverLights Event. - Maria Huhmarniemi is
a teacher in a fire art workshop at the University of Lapland
together with Timo Jokela. http://ace.ulapland.fi/jokivalkeat/Projects/2008.html
The Snow Show 2004 was a unique artistic collaboration
between artists and architects of international renown. The
SnowCastle of Kemi is the source of great pride as well as a
true showcase of architectonic snow-work of the local
After The European championship in fire-sculptingin became
Fire-sculpture the main area of Latvian “Action Society”
-artists, Experienced fire artists group - “Joint Stock
Fire Sculptors belong also to the progman of Latvian
Open-Air Art Museum at Pedvale, expecially during middsummer
festival. The Open-Air Art Museum at Pedvale was opened by
sculptor Ojars Arvids Feldbergs in 1991. http://www.pedvale.lv/?l=1
The term fire
The term fire art stands for fire performances and fire
sculptures. As forms of art, the performances and sculptures
are very different from each other.
where burning balls are whirled, are known by the
international term poi. This form of art comes from the Maori
culture in New Zealand. In their traditional dances, the Maori
have whirled balls attached to linen strings. In addition to
Poi art, the term fire performance can include many kinds of
circus art, fire acrobatics using burning torches, as well as
fire eating and blowing.
by Lea Turto,
this article is published first time 2009 in hubpages.com
using writername "birch and star"
RiverLight, Rovaniemi, Finland lanscape
RiverLight, Rovaniem, Finland
Stock Company” at Open air art museum at Pedvale, Latvia 2009
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