4pyre²

Dates and Times:
Monday, August 30th, 2010, 8 PM – 12 AM
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010, 8 PM – 12 AM
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010, 8 PM – 12 AM
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010, 8 PM – 12 AM
Friday, September 3rd, 2010, 8 PM – 12 AM
Saturday, September 4th, 2010, 8 PM – 12 AM
Sunday, September 5th, 2010, 8 PM – 12 AM
Type:
Performance
Location:
4pyre²

Description:

4pyre² is a 12ft pipe with propane burners on each end. When the burners fire, the pipe is propelled around on two axes, tracing out the surface of a 12ft diameter sphere. (4πr² is the formula for the surface area of a sphere of radius r.) Enabling this pipe to spin is a gleaming machine of aluminum, stainless steel, bearings, shafts, hoses, rotary fluid unions, sprockets, chains, motors, encoders, and microcontrollers. Standing nearly 18’ tall, it holds the sphere of fire high enough that visitors can get quite close. There is also a panel where visitors can control the angle and the thrust of the propane burners, creating different patterns through the sphere. 4pyre² is a 12ft pipe with propane burners on each end. When the burners fire, the pipe is propelled around on two axes, tracing out the surface of a 12ft diameter sphere. (4πr² is the formula for the surface area of a sphere of radius r.) Enabling this pipe to spin is a gleaming machine of aluminum, stainless steel, bearings, shafts, hoses, rotary fluid unions, sprockets, chains, motors, encoders, and microcontrollers. Standing nearly 18’ tall, it holds the sphere of fire high enough that visitors can get quite close. There is also a panel where visitors can control the angle and the thrust of the propane burners, creating different patterns through the sphere. 4pyre² was designed and built by Christopher Schardt (Spin, Ping, Yantra, Nebula), with major assistance from Peter Luka, Vince Mills, and Russ Zinner.