Silver Skate By Night: Fire Sculpture

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  • Fire SculptureMarc ChalifouxFire Sculpture

Event Details:

  • Date: 10-12 & 17-19 February 2017
  • Time: 7:45 pm
  • Venue: Hawrelak Park, Edmonton, AB
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Fire Sculpture

This spellbinding spectacle of light provides a grande finale to a day of outdoor fun. Individual teams of fire artists will set their works ablaze on six different evenings during the festival.

This year’s fire sculptures are inspired by a charming folk story.

Throughout each day on February 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19 a team of fire artists will be building a sculpture that will be burned at 7:45pm  on each of those days. Each day features a different team of artists and each day presents a different interpretation of the story, “Land of the Golden Apples”.
In the story the fire represents renewal and  the release of thoughts that make us sad or any fear or regret that chases love from our hearts. In the Storytelling tent the public is invited to write down any of the aforementioned thoughts to be offered to the fire sculpture.
Members of the public are also invited to make a lantern at the workshop tent adjacent to the Storytelling tent from 4pm to 7pm and a lantern procession at 7:30pm  makes its way through the “Land of the Golden Apples ” to the fire circle for the burn.
As the fires burn so does any chance of the curse returning to the kingdom and each Golden Apple in the land shines a little brighter.
Each evening ends with some lively entertainment from our main stage and everyone lives happily ever after….

What’s the Fire Sculpture Installation?

Since 2009, Silver Skate Festival has hosted a fire sculpture installation, This spellbinding spectacle of light serves as a finale to the Silver Skate Folk Trails.

Traditionally, six teams of artists create sculptures to be set ablaze on Saturday evening and come together to create a larger communal sculpture on Sunday on the first weekend of the festival. In 2014 we tried something different and featured individual teams of fire artists on four different evenings during the festival.  It was such a success that we are going to continue on with individual teams on each of the “Burn” nights….

During the daytime, the Silver Skate Festival is a larger-than-life winter playground with fun for all ages. There are skating races to watch (or compete in!), opportunities for families to try winter sports (like snowshoeing!), a heritage village (your destination for bannock), and so much more.