- Date: 10-12 & 17-19
- Venue: Hawrelak Park, Edmonton, AB
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.
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.
2017 Fire Sculptures
The Land of the Golden Apples
A terrible curse has befallen “The Land of the Golden Apples” when its Queen suddenly dies during the birth of Princess Summer. Unbearable grief turns the King’s heart to ice and Princess Summer and her nursemaid, Magda, are locked away in the highest tower of the castle. The people of the kingdom, who loved the Queen the most, are transformed into menacing Wolf People. Soon everyone’s heart grows as cold as that of the King. The magical orchard of warmth emitting golden apples, for which the kingdom is named, begins to whither and the curse grows stronger. Every living thing turns into a statue of ice and snow patrolled by ferocious Wolf People. In a nearby Kingdom, Prince Gerald hears of the beautiful princess trapped in the tower of a cursed kingdom and sets out on a quest to save her. News of the Prince’s quest reaches Princess Summer and she escapes the tower in search of Gerald. Magda is sent out to find Summer and the King soon follows. During a blinding blizzard Gerald and Summer stumble into an ice cave and quickly fall in love and as they do the ice cave begins to melt. Magda, then the King, notice the melting cave and come upon Summer and Gerald. As the King stares upon Princess Summer, he is reminded of his beautiful Queen. Slowly Summer steps towards him, puts her hand to his cheek and whispers “Papa?” Tears fall from the Kings eyes as the ice surrounding his broken heart melts away and a golden apple tree begins to grow in the very spot the Kings tears have fallen. The curse is lifted. The good people of the Kingdom, who were once wolf people, return to their human form and the Land of the Golden Apples returns to its former glory.
Ashamed of their evil deeds that had nearly destroyed the Land of the Golden Apples, the people’s hearts grow heavy and a little cold creeps back into the kingdom. Quickly the King proclaims that each year the kingdom will write down any thoughts that make them sad or any fear or regret that chases love from their hearts and burn them. 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 on this special day.
We are going to feature individual teams of fire artists on six different evenings during the festival, February 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19, 2017. Fire Artists are invited to submit their ideas or vision of a Fire Show for the festival. Applicants are encouraged to keep “The Land of the Golden Apples” storyline in mind when designing their fire installation but any awesome fire sculpture will be considered..
Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 15, 2016
Successful artists will be contacted by Wednesday, November 30, 2016
(780)488-1960 or go to www.silverskatefestival.org
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