A gigantic, elegant sculptural environment rises from the ground in the form of an abstracted bird. The story of the Angel beautifully conveys a cycle of change, growth and discovery, and the large-scale installation invites Burning Man participants to explore this process as well. The Angel installation is built of wood and metal, measuring 50' x 50' on the ground and reaching a height up to 20'. The body of the bird will be a 30' x 10' x 5' driftwood sculpture. Two concentric sets of wings measuring from 8' to 20', jutting from the earth like claws or fingers, arc around the body. The head and beak serve as a wood burning cauldron and chimney.
Each night the steel wings will be lit by burning ambient gas and liquid flame for several hours, and will be spaced so that people can walk through and amongst the flaming feathers. The head will house a wood fire which will burn all night, bringing warmth to the night. By day, participants will be able to climb on and into the 30' driftwood body in quiet contemplation and joyous celebration.