is a large figurative sculpture of a woman; a fusion of fire
and art. She will be installed and completed at Burning Man
2000 in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada.
is constructed of a welded steel armature, engineered to withstand
heat in the range of 2,000 degrees fahrenheit. On the night
of the firing, the interior will be filled with coal and charcoal
briquettes. An air fed mechanism will facilitate the achievement
of an adequate slumping temperature.
in the steel skin will be layers of multicolored fusible glass,
held in place by mechanical means. Firing takes place from
the bottom up. As the internal temperature nears the necessary
heat threshold, external heat will be applied to fuse each
glass piece to the armature and surrounding glass. The next
day, the coal will be removed and an internal illumination
source installed. When she is lit at night, Coalita will appear
in a similar fashion as the Plastic Chapel and Stan.