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Telluride Fire Festival

2015 El Pulpo Mecanico By Mark Westman

The 5th Annual Telluride Fire Festival

Expect over-the-top fiery art shooting flames high into the night sky from the roofless venue at the 5th annual Festival, December 6-8. We’re referring to the historic Transfer Warehouse on the corner of Fir and Pacific in Town. “Hot Time in the Old Town” Friday and Sunday nights from 5-8pm, will enthrall all with fire spinners, numerous interactive fire art installations, music and a cash bar.

Other inspiring events include:
The wicked hot costumed Fire Ball in North America’s highest nightclub at 10,535 feet on St Sophia Ridge. Aerial silk performers, flow arts performers, fire spinners and musical entertainment will entrance participants. Food, a cash bar, dancing, and inviting pillow lounge spaces for relaxing will also be available.

“Fire On The Mountain” atop the ski area will showcase three spectacular wood sculptures on display during the day, which will then ceremoniously burn to the ground Saturday night during the Fire Ball.

A dance and acrobatic performance at The Palm Theater in collaboration with Telluride Dance Collective and Homestead Circus Productions.
Free fire art performance and a flaming art car in Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village.
Free flow arts workshops at the local Wilkinson Public Library.

Fire Artists
Propane artists participating this year are Charles Vierhout of Avondale, AZ, Matt Brooks of Denver, CO; Jamie Vaida of Oakland, CA; Ryan Mathern of Atlanta, GA; Space Ninjas of Dillon and Aspen, CO. Artists creating wood installations are Keith D’Angelo and Niel Ringstad of Telluride, CO and Michael Wright and Meredith Miller of Phoenix, AZ.

Artist spotlight
Charlie Vierhout will be showcasing his 10-foot tall street clock, entitled “Our Time”, which juxtaposes a contemporary take on “time” with a more historical view of street clocks. The hands move both forward and backward in the clock face. A pendant allowing people to select multiple styles of flame blasts controls the tower flame effects. Inside the tower are four computers to control LEDs, the hands, and flame effects, as well as four custom built gearboxes. 1,300 LEDs are also inside the installation, which run an ever-changing color display.

By the way, says Charlie, “It does actually tell time, but it’s up to the bystander to be able to figure out the puzzle to obtain the correct time.”

Artist, Charles Vierhout creates complex computing system for a living, and makes art for a release. After many years of living life from one extreme to the other, Charlie found the middle ground within the burner community and has been building fire, light, and sound art for several years.

The Historic Transfer Warehouse 
Before its roof collapsed in 1979, the stone building was a downtown garage and filling station. In 1906, before the advent of the automobile, the cavernous, two-story space was the barn for the local livery and the center of the Warehouse District that served the mining industry. The stone (roofless) building is a perfect backdrop for fire art!

Current Sponsors
Alpine Lodging, AmeriGas, Brown Dog Pizza, Cosmopolitan Restaurant, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, High Pie Pizzeria, Kure’s Ginger Beer, La Cocina de Luz, MTNtown Magazine, New Sheridan Hotel, Scott’s Printing, SilverStar Luxury Properties, Telluride Express, Telluride Ski & Golf Resort, The Hotel Telluride, Timberline Ace Hardware, The Victorian Inn.

About the Telluride Fire Festival
The Telluride Fire Festival, a 501c3 organization, is an interactive fire art experience offering fire related workshops and outdoor displays of fire artistry to support artists and enable all to immerse themselves in the many forms of fire art. For more about the Festival, to become a sponsor, volunteer, or subscribe to their enews, visit





Ben Kapp Exhibition reception Slate Gray Gallery 4 - 7PM


Fire Performances, Fire Installations: Hot Time In The Old Town Transfer Warehouse 5 - 8pm

Pulse The Palm Theater 8-10pm

A collaboration with Homestead Circus Productions & Telluride Dance Collective


Free Fire Performance Heritage Plaza 5pm-8pm

Fire Ball with Live Entertainment: Great Room, atop gondola 9pm - 2am

Fire On The Mountain Across from Chair 7 9:30pm


Fire Performances, Fire Installations: Hot Time In The Old Town Transfer Warehouse 5 - 8pm



Free workshops at the library, 11 and noon

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Fee based workshops at Ah Haa School for the Arts, The Mine

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