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Wildfire Ouroboros | by Sergei Rahkmaninoff
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Wildfire Ouroboros

The wildfire devours the old forest, a disastrous destruction. Yet in destruction, there is rebirth: from the ashen aftermath, many plants reliant on the cleansing flames will grow anew. And their thriving is the meal on which the ravenous wildfire will one day dine once more. It is the natural flux of a diverse ecosystem: an ouroboros, which slays itself and brings itself to life.


My entry for Round 2 of the 2019 Bio-Cup, for the disaster Wildfire. As I researched the phenomenon I discovered that in many natural habitats wildfires are integral sources of renewal and biodiversity. I found myself fixated on this concept of wildfires as ouroboros, an ancient alchemical symbol of the cycle of death and rebirth. So I rendered this in bricks for this round. It was certainly an unusual build in terms of shape and perspective, but a very interesting one for me - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and good luck in the Bio-Cup!

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Taken on July 15, 2019