Fire Imps are not like sausage… you actually can enjoy knowing how they're made!
I love the way that the shapes and colors of the Fire Imps interact in a group— like a coral reef, a modern dance troupe, a forest of fall leaves, a party or festival.
I'm in love. I've been working a new series of sculptures that are the most playful, energetic and touchable work I've done in years. I'm so into the Fire Imps that I've decided to do 600 of them, divided into six series of 100 each in different colors.
Part of what makes the Fire Imps fun is the freeze frame of pattern, rhythm, lyricality and syncopation that gives them a musical feel… combined in groups, they resemble a musical score as much as a group of dancers. The shadows they cast are also a part of the piece, doubling or distorting the form, mirroring the sculpture on the wall.
Each Fire Imp is a one of a kind sculpture that will never be repeated. Although their bright colors and cheerful look could fool you, they are made from 100% recycled steel. The bases come from a local factory that cuts LOTS of holes into thick steel and scraps the circles left over. The body of the sculptures are scraps left over from cutting my Great Bowl O' Fire firebowls. They're the spaces between the flames.
I plan to do six limited edition series of the Fire Imps: 100 in natural steel, and 100 each in Red, Yellow, Orange, White and Black. All are signed and numbered on the base and once I've completed the edition of 100, no more will be made in that color. Sizes vary, but most of the Fire Imps are 10 to 12 inches tall. Dimensions of each will be noted on their Flickr page.
The Fire Imp Sculptures were launched as a project on Kickstarter.com and pre-sold 94 of the 600 sculptures (7 of those sold direct to people who preferred a different method of payment than Kickstarter's Amazon cart). The remaining Imps from the first two batches are now available exclusively through 1000Markets.com and more sculptures from each series will be added there as they are completed and photographed.