The Firelight Temple was a classic example of acquiring expectations for an installation and having it not quite go as planned.
Like the rest of the domes, we were interested in partnering with artist teams that would activate the space and engage the participants throughout the weekend. But, as sometimes happens in the high intensity of festival spaces, some things fell through, and the programming for the dome wasn’t able to occur.
The space was still a wonderfully functional dome in terms of infrastructure though. The area ended up being a public hangout space with the flame effect offering a great gathering spot for the crowd. Conversations, dancing around the fire and roasting marshmallows inside the beautiful container of the red, orange and yellow dome. Simple and useful.
The flame effect worked great, a gentle prevailing flame that allowed the participants to get up close and personal. The flickering light from the internal fire lit the dome in a truly magical way. It was a nice pairing with the all-encompassing flames from the Incendia stage. The combination of the two added a nice feeling of yin and yang, and it was so inspiring to be partnered next to such professional and awe-inspiring art as Incendia provides.
Although not what we’d envisioned, the Firelight Temple did offer a lovely little space for connection, and at the end of the day, that’s what our team seeks to create.