Interactive Fire Art
True North Weird & Freaky
True North Absurdities is made up of Kyle Jensen and Ian Rice, who aim to achieve absurd levels of creativity through their stylistic combinations of sculpture, technology and flame effects.
Their first solo project, "The Notorious B.A.D.", a 10' steel dragon crawling out of the ground with interactive flame effects and LED-addressed scales.
They were immediately hooked on the joys of blasting fireballs into the sky and watching people's faces light up as they became a part of the art.
This 1000lb metal sculpture of a dragon emerging from the ground getting ready to spread its wings, the sculpture measures 10ft from the ground to the tip of his snout. True North Absurdities like to focus on interactive aspects to bring participants into the project, if you find his tail and press the large red button it will set off the 8 ft flame effect with a shockwave guaranteed to get the participants attention. The project is backlit by addressable LEDs giving the scales, wing and eyes an ever-changing and evolving glow throughout the night.
From the depths of the earth grows the Trippity Twitchit. Enchanting the curious with its colours and reflections, beware it’s 9 heads, for they will cause distraction and wonder. If treated correctly and with bravery, you may be in for a fiery surprise.
A veritable monsters’ garden of metalwork. These larger-than-life, “Marioesque” venus fly traps are a combination of plant, animal, steel, fire, and interactivity, and will certainly draw some attention. Each evening the plant comes to life, shimmering light from within and all around, inviting everyone to activate its 3 separate flame effects.
Koda is a striking 9ft steel bear sculpture that embodies both strength and playfulness. The low poly geometric design gives the bear a contemporary edge while the friendly wave and colorful, illuminated patterns cut out from the faces lend a sense of whimsy. The 1200 addressable LEDs create a mesmerizing, almost magical effect that draws the viewer in and invites them to stay awhile. This sculpture would be perfect for installation in a public park or plaza, where it could delight visitors of all ages.
A 7ft steel owl sculpture that exudes a quiet, contemplative beauty. Perched atop a log and gazing out over the surrounding area, this low poly geometric design gives the owl a modern feel while the intricate cutouts and colorful lighting lend an otherworldly quality. The patterns of light that emanate from the 1200 addressable LEDs evoke the vivid colors of the northern lights and other natural phenomena.
Experience our next fire breather, a breathtaking sculpture that epitomizes the bold spirit of Calgary. Crafted with precision from 3mm aluminum, this low poly-style masterpiece stands at an imposing 9.5 feet, depicting a majestic horse rearing up with a distinct spiked mane. The sculpture's most striking feature is its two flaming nostrils, a dramatic embodiment of power and grace.
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