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Pyro Sculptor Coaxes Fire Like A Superhero, Using Gestural Controls [Video]

Porno for pyros!

Pyro Sculptor Coaxes Fire Like A Superhero, Using Gestural Controls [Video]

Pyros, prepare to drool all over your Zippos: Someone has built a sculpture that magically bursts into flames –all it takes is a wave of the hand.

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We know, we know. It sounds totally nuts! But just watch the video. Things get good ’round about the 1:35 mark:

Insanity, riiiiiiiight?! It’s as if Minority Report mated with Dante’s Inferno smack dab in the middle of the art gallery, with some Frankenstein sets thrown in.

The artist here is Slovenia’s Sanela Jahic, and her sculpture looks a lot more complicated than it is: It’s basically just a kerosene lab rigged to respond to gestural control.

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She calls it a “Fire Painting” and not by accident: Through subtle movements — a twist of the finger, say, or a flick of the wrist — she manipulates fire as a painter would his watercolors. Neat stuff. Though we’d hate to see this thing fall into the wrong hands.

[Hat tip to Notcot]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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