"Unwanted Visitor: Portrait of Wildfire," sculptures by Herb Williams, photos by Ashton Thornhill
“Unwanted Visitor: Portrait of Wildfire” is an outdoor art installation, created by sculptor Herb Williams to raise awareness of wildfire in an area that has been severely affected by drought.

This installation was on display outdoors at the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Williams designed and created several freestanding, three-dimensional sculptures of wildfire using Crayola crayons. Because each sculpture is made of wax, they are melting and changing shape in the unpredictable outdoor conditions. Moreover, each piece of art is being altered by blowing wind and dry conditions such as those that affect the intensity and duration of real wildfire. The colorful crayons provide a striking contrast to the dry, brown landscape and are reminiscent of an actual wildfire.

Educational programming will occur throughout the duration of the exhibit, which will run through December 2011. Programs are focusing on raising awareness of wildfire, causes, its effect on the surrounding environment, fire prevention and the purpose of prescribed burning. Programming varies from early childhood through adult.

To learn more about artist Herb Williams, visit his website at www.herbwilliamsart.com.

To learn more about The National Ranching Heritage Center, visit www.NRHC.ttu.edu.

You can also follow the installation at facebook.com/portraitofwildfire.
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