The Serpent Mother

The Serpent Mother is a highly charismatic, kinetic sculpture, much beloved by all who encounter her.


The Serpent Mother challenges the traditional art perspective by creating an interactive experience, giving permission to move beyond passive viewing. 

 Her skeletal spine of 92 vertebrae runs 168′, finishings coiled around her egg.  Her arching spine and 41 participant activated flame effects create a space like no other while her hydraulically actuated head and jaws chomp at the sky.

Her egg occasionally opens, giving birth to 40′ plumes of colored fire, shooting into the sky in a fantastic display.


There are 42 individually actuated poofer effects on the Serpent, each with their own button for people to push. 
The head is moved around by supervised interactive controls.


Footprint: 65′ x 50′, tallest point, 20′. Requires a 30′ x 30′ fuel depot located 40′ away. 

power: 240v 50 amp 3 phase


White Night, Melbourne, Australia, February 2018
Beakerhead, Calgary, AB, Canada, September 2017
Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV, August 2015
Steampunk Mascarade, Oakland, CA, April 2015
Ray and Diane’s Ridiculous Wedding, Oakland, CA, April 2015
Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, June 2012
Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival, Indio April 2009
Opulent Temple, Treasure Island San Francisco, February 2009
Robodock Festival, Amsterdam, September 2007
Fire Arts Festival, Oakland, July 2007
Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, August 2006 (Serpent Mother Premiere)
Fire Arts Festival, Oakland, July 2006 (Preview of the Serpent Mother Head)