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"Hot Heads" by pa-BOOM @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park

We went to a special Friends-of-Yorkshire-Sculpture-Park event this evening, an exclusive viewing of the final stage of a research and development project "Hot Heads" by pa-Boom (www.pa-boom.com).

 

The project was designed to create, build and test a series of large scale sculptural human head braziers/fire sculptures, and tonight was the first public lighting of them.

 

They reminded me very much of the work of Juame Plensa (who so far has been my favourite exhibition at the sculpture park).

 

Armed with a complementary hot chocolate and slice of parkin, we headed over to the burn site, where the 3 large heads were duely set alight- there's something very beautiful about fire, and it was interesting to see how they came alive and changed over time as the charcoal slowly caught fire and over time glowed and decomposed.

The heads themselves were very well constructed, with the metal mesh frame containing and keeping the shape of the heads as the charcoal burnt and also controlling the burn - being a relatively small managable crowd it was refreshing at an event like this to actually be allowed close to the fires - they were roped off a little, but realistically you couldnt stand next to the rope for any length of time they were packing so much heat (infact I felt positively freezing wondering back from a little to take a wide shot!)

 

I'm looking forward to see where the project leads next - it made for a wonderful autumn evening and i'd do it again at the drop of a hat!

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Uploaded on November 23, 2013