In 2014 Ben Rousseau and Stuart Farrelly were selected to represent the UK at the European capital of culture Riga’s hosting of the World Fire Sculpting competition.
The 5m high installation was titled “Invisible Force” which was a huge timber structure filled with straw that had a huge timber cube filled with straw that span on steel cables in the centre of the structure and when burning in darkness rotated like it was floating in void of space.
Click the link below to watch our video of the build.
Hand shaped in our London workshop and moulded in fibreglass composite by one of the countries leading car customising body kit specialists.
The composite body is then finished in pitted bronze metal surface artwork and hand polished. The upholster is by our ex Rolls Royce trimmer using Bentley anthracite leather with quilted central panel and double stitching detail all round.
Pictures by Jake Fitzjones on location Aynhoe Park , Oxford at the Modern Grand Tour art collection auction.
Operation Blade is vehicle from the future for exploring frozen dreams in magical imaginations, and was Designed and created by Ben Rousseau and Jai Drew for Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden on the banks of the Torne River
Seating area and control desk looking out of the room into the corridor. The control desk is for the guest to control the journey exploring frozen thoughts. Main desk carved from solid block of ice 1m x1m x 2m with 6 laser pods by Chris Levine inside sending laser beams reflecting through the desk to give the impression of mind powered control and organic life form.
The experience of the room was to feel as though you were beneath the ice of the Torne river and looking up into the sunlight and seeing the change of colours from blue to aqua and white and everything in between. The effect was created using fibre optics carefully positioned at the joint of each block with cables running up onto the ceiling where we had a colour wheel with a fade of the above colours on a slow cycle.
Local reindeer skins provide a sense of luxury and warmth.