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Le Attrata

This is a sculpture I designed and built with Therm.  Therm is a performance fire sculpture group I helped to form in 1999. This sculpture is the latest group piece since the Thermokraken.        

Divinatrix @Ghostship and Maker Faire 2016


Trendsetting at Maker Faire NYC 2016!

  The Meshing of Art and Technology In general, we noticed a blending of art and technology/science. This was really engaging for all the kids — big and small — at the Faire. There were projects combining electronics, art, and music. Gilly, the “fire sculpture” pictured above by Orion Fredericks, is one example. Its fire patterns are controlled by the artist working a control panel.       #curiosityclub: Trendsetting at Maker Faire NYC 2016!

Gilly @ Maker Faire New York 2016

Fire-Breathing Gilly Emits Gorgeous Green Flames at Maker Faire New York One of my absolute favorite parts of Maker Faire are the different fire spewing sculptures. The one you see in the video above, is Gilly, made by Orion Fredericks. While I had a blast at World Maker Faire in New York recently, my camera decided to die, meaning I couldn’t get footage of Gilly myself. When I saw this video online from Kevin Miller, I was very happy because he […]

Gillaptourous Corvus aka: Gilly @ Maker Faire 2015

Photo by: Liam Doran ______________________________________________ Gillaptourous Corvus  aka: Gilly  @ Maker Faire 2015 Gilly is 21′ x 16′ x 16′ and made completely of hand formed stainless steel. This sculpture is for sale, and for hire on a short term or long term basis.

Fata Morgana at Chabot Space and Science Center


Fata Morgana at Chabot Space and Science Center

This sculpture is an homage to the fascination I have with the “Fata Morgana” phenomena, and my inspiration of glass, steel, and kinetics.  Ten years previous to building this sculpture, I had created a smaller version only four feet in diameter.  This older version was more of an optical carousel than its predecessor.  However,  both of these sculptures had similar effects.  The central light emission was intermittently captured by revolving focal planes through a wide variety of optics.  The resulting projection from the sculpture appears as a shifting light body that revolves around the piece. “Fata Morgana’s” culminating focal plane, is four feet from the outer most lenses. The light body that is projected at this point, circles the sculpture in a twenty-eight foot diameter.

This is my sculptural representation of an illusion making device combined with my imaginative interpretation of an orrery.  A third generation of this sculpture is currently in the design phase.

Fata Morgana (mirage)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Fata Morgana is an unusual and complex form of superior mirage that is seen in a narrow band right above the horizon. It is the Italian name for the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay, from a belief that these mirages, often seen in the Strait of Messina, were fairy castles in the air or false land created by her witchcraft to lure sailors to their death. Although the term Fata Morgana is sometimes applied to other, more common kinds of mirages, the true Fata Morgana is not the same as an ordinary superior mirage, nor is it the same as an inferior mirage.

Fata Morgana mirages distort the object or objects which they are based on significantly, often such that the object is completely unrecognizable. A Fata Morgana can be seen on land or at sea, in polar regions or in deserts. This kind of mirage can involve almost any kind of distant object, including boats, islands, and the coastline.

A Fata Morgana is often rapidly changing. The mirage comprises several inverted (upside down) and erect (right side up) images that are stacked on top of one another.

Fata Morgana mirages also show alternating compressed and stretched zones.[1]

This optical phenomenon occurs because rays of light are bent when they pass through air layers of different temperatures in a steep thermal inversion where an atmospheric duct has formed.[1] (A thermal inversion is an atmospheric condition where warmer air exists in a well-defined layer above a layer of significantly cooler air. This temperature inversion is the opposite of what is normally the case; air is usually warmer close to the surface, and cooler higher up.)

In calm weather, a layer of significantly warmer air can rest over colder dense air, forming an atmospheric duct which acts like a refracting lens, producing a series of both inverted and erect images. A Fata Morgana requires a duct to be present; thermal inversion alone is not enough to produce this kind of mirage. While a thermal inversion often takes place without there being an atmospheric duct, an atmospheric duct cannot exist without there first being a thermal inversion.

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Interview with Make Magazine, featuring “Gilly”

The Heavy Metal of Orion Fredericks By Goli Mohammadi Posted July 24th, 2014 9:01 am Category Art & Design, Makers View Comments Bay Area artist Orion Fredericks’ penchant for working with metal dates way back to a high school project, and he’s been enchanted by the medium, developing and refining his skills, since. Best known for his large-scale sculptures, Fredericks’ unique aesthetic ignites imaginations by combining recognizable forms and lines with elements of the unexpected.He’s installed several of his pieces at […]

Humming Bird Merkaba, Fire Sculpture

I am going to do a short run of reasonable scale and cost, Custom, spirit animal, sacred geometry fire sculptures. For a limited time offer, contact me. Humming Bird Merkaba Fire sculpture Stainless steel, Bronze, Propane (Fuel source can be camping fuel bottle or larger tank ie. barbeque tank)