Unwanted Visitor: Portrait of Wildfire is an outdoor art installation that will raise awareness of wildfire in an area that has been severely affected by drought.
This installation will be on display outdoors at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, TX and is being created by sculptor Herb Williams of Nashville, TN, who is designing several freestanding, three-dimensional sculptures of wildfire using the media of Crayola crayons. Because each sculpture is made of wax, it will melt and change shape in the hot outdoor conditions. Moreover, each piece of art will continue to be altered by blowing wind and dry conditions such as those that affect the intensity and duration of real wildfire. The colorful crayons will provide a striking contrast to the dry, brown landscape and be reminiscent of an actual wildfire.
Educational programming will occur throughout the exhibit, which is expected to be 2 to 3 months. Programs will focus on raising awareness of wildfire, causes, its effect on the surrounding environment, fire prevention and the purpose of prescribed burning. Programming will vary from early childhood through adult.
The money that we raise will help buy materials to create the sculptures (which will be as tall as 8 feet), assist with travel fees for the artist and provide money for educational programs, which will be offered free to the public.
Our current funding goal is the minimum amount required to host the project. If this goal is surpassed, we can create more educational programming. We can also purchase elements, such as magnifying glasses shaped like objects that cause fire, to provide to visitors. This will allow them to share in the melting process of the sculptures, which will make the installation more interactive and engaging for visitors.
To learn more about artist Herb Williams and see him at work in his studio, watch this!
Sculpture maquettes in the studio
Our sculpture maquettes melting in the hot Texas sun
- (30 days)