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Pyro Board: An Audio Visualizer Created from an Array of 2,500 Flames

Pyro Board: An Audio Visualizer Created from an Array of 2,500 Flames sound science fire

So here’s a thing to never try at home. Derek Muller from the very fine science video blog Veritasium visits with a team of “phsyics and chemistry demonstrators” who built this ridiculous sound board that demonstrates the effect of sound waves traveling through flammable gas. The first half deals mostly with how it works, around 3:38 it turns into pure music and fire.

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X-Rays of the Human Brain

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

The plume from an exploding bomb. Black and white flowers. X-Rays of a human brain cortex. These all seem like valid guesses when looking at this new series of photos by Fabian Oefner (previously here, here, here), but the truth is more amazing: it’s fire. To create the photos Oefner added a few drops of alcohol into a large glass vessel and waited for the fumes to fill the void. He then ignited the gas and managed to capture these fleeting images as the fire consumed the interior of the vessel. You can see more plus a brief video here.

What Happens When you Mix Ammonium Chromate & Mercury(II) and Set it on Fire

What Happens When you Mix Ammonium Chromate & Mercury(II) and Set it on Fire science fire

This is what happens when you mix Mercury(II) thiocyanate (Hg(SCN)2) and Ammonium chromate (NH4)2CrO4 and then set it on fire. I was honestly expecting the fiery volcano part, but at about 30 seconds in something… horrifying happens. The kids witnessing the experiment really make the video. “The kraken!!!!” (via The Awesomer)

United States Map Made from Thousands of Wood Matches by Claire Fontaine

United States Map Made from Thousands of Wood Matches by Claire Fontaine  United States multiples matches maps installation fire

United States Map Made from Thousands of Wood Matches by Claire Fontaine  United States multiples matches maps installation fire

United States Map Made from Thousands of Wood Matches by Claire Fontaine  United States multiples matches maps installation fire

United States Map Made from Thousands of Wood Matches by Claire Fontaine  United States multiples matches maps installation fire

United States Map Made from Thousands of Wood Matches by Claire Fontaine  United States multiples matches maps installation fire

United States Map Made from Thousands of Wood Matches by Claire Fontaine  United States multiples matches maps installation fire

United States Map Made from Thousands of Wood Matches by Claire Fontaine  United States multiples matches maps installation fire

United States Map Made from Thousands of Wood Matches by Claire Fontaine  United States multiples matches maps installation fire

United States Map Made from Thousands of Wood Matches by Claire Fontaine  United States multiples matches maps installation fire

U.S.A. (burnt/unburnt) is a 2011 installation by Paris-based artist Claire Fontaine (previously) constructed from thousands of green matches that were inserted into a wall at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art as part art of “Evidence of Bricks” at the 2011 Time-Based Art Festival. Fontaine has made somewhat of a name for herself with her match installations and flaming geography, most recently completing a similar U.S.A. map at Queens Nails Gallery in San Francisco. Unlike the installation in Portland above, the Queens Nails artwork was actually set on fire, and while it may not have gone exactly as intended, the final post-flame artwork is impressive nonetheless. Photographs above for PICA by Dan Kvitka.

Update: Hyperallergic has the scoop in the latest US Map fire.

Fire and Ice: The Frozen Aftermath of a Chicago Warehouse Fire

Fire and Ice: The Frozen Aftermath of a Chicago Warehouse Fire ice fire Chicago
Robert R Gigliotti

Fire and Ice: The Frozen Aftermath of a Chicago Warehouse Fire ice fire Chicago
David Schalliol

Fire and Ice: The Frozen Aftermath of a Chicago Warehouse Fire ice fire Chicago
David Schalliol

Fire and Ice: The Frozen Aftermath of a Chicago Warehouse Fire ice fire Chicago
David Schalliol

Fire and Ice: The Frozen Aftermath of a Chicago Warehouse Fire ice fire Chicago
David Schalliol

Fire and Ice: The Frozen Aftermath of a Chicago Warehouse Fire ice fire Chicago
David Schalliol

Fire and Ice: The Frozen Aftermath of a Chicago Warehouse Fire ice fire Chicago
Robert R Gigliotti

Fire and Ice: The Frozen Aftermath of a Chicago Warehouse Fire ice fire Chicago
Robert R Gigliotti

Fire and Ice: The Frozen Aftermath of a Chicago Warehouse Fire ice fire Chicago
Darek Szupina

Fire and Ice: The Frozen Aftermath of a Chicago Warehouse Fire ice fire Chicago
Darek Szupina

It seems like just a few days ago Chicago had huge ice news, and now this. For the past few weeks things have been pretty darned frigid here in the windy city with temperatures dropping down to the single digits, and just when we couldn’t take it anymore things started to warm up, in a massive-abandoned-warehouse-bursting-into-flames sort of way. Nearly 200 firefighters were on the scene in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood to battle the blaze and incredibly nobody was injured. Temperatures were so low during the fire that water sprayed on the building froze almost instantly leaving behind a spectacularly beautiful ice-encrusted wonderland. Photographers Robert R. Gigliotti, David Schalliol, and Darek Szupina stopped by yesterday and snapped these extraordinary photos. You can see much more over on the Chicago Tribune.

A Tornado of Fire Filmed in Australia by Chris Tangey

A Tornado of Fire Filmed in Australia by Chris Tangey weather tornadoes fire Australia

I’ve been traveling a bit so I’m a bit late to this as I know it’s been on a lot of news outlets lately. Regardless, filmmaker Chris Tangey shot this incredible footage of a ‘fire devil’ near Alice Springs, Australia on September 11th. In the unedited, raw footage recently provided by Tangey you can watch as the tornado—which is technically more of a dust devil—towers over 100 feet (30 meters) high. The Huffington Post explains that while footage like this is rare, these vortices of fire are actually pretty common.

The 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick

The 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick sports olympics fire

The 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick sports olympics fire

The 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick sports olympics fire

The 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick sports olympics fire

The 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick sports olympics fire

The 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick sports olympics fire

The official website for for the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies has a great behind-the-scenes gallery of the impressive multi-torch cauldron that was lit yesterday during the opening ceremonies. The cauldron was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and consists of 204 copper petals representing the competing nations at this years games. You can read a bit more about it over on Dezeen.

Drawing with Fire

Drawing with Fire smoke portraits fire drawing

Drawing with Fire smoke portraits fire drawing

Drawing with Fire smoke portraits fire drawing

Drawing with Fire smoke portraits fire drawing

Drawing with Fire smoke portraits fire drawing

Drawing with Fire smoke portraits fire drawing

Artist Steven Spazuk began his career as many artists do, a gradual transition from sketching and drawing to watercolor and acrylic painting. In the 1980s he began using an airbrush and found himself fascinated by the smooth gradients created by the finely sprayed paint. Then, in 2001 an idea struck: what would happen if he exposed a canvas to fire and controlled the imprint of soot left on the surface? Spazuk has hardly left the medium since. Though he creates many smaller pieces that look like smokey gesture drawings, I really enjoy his wall-sized fragmentation paintings made from hundreds of smaller works, each the result of a canvas exposed to fire and then gently etched to reveal finers details. Watch the video above to see how he does it.

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