is a sculptor who likes to fuse his work with fire. I first
saw the 'Hearth'at the Burningman festival in September 2000.
He and his partner Syd Klinge built a large heart and from
within it fire burst out of every available hole. The installation
was phenomenal. The cold weather nights in the desert were
shaken off by the heat the hearth generated. It glowed and
was the bloodline of the festival there. Charity and I got
to meet Charlie when he came to Los Angeles in February 2001.
We spent the night talking about his works past and present.
by Syd Klinge and Charlie Smith
is their discription as written for the Burningman 2000 listings.
heart meets the earth you'll find our HEARTH. We're building
a 20' tall ironand steel sculpture representing the human
heart. Positioned above a giant firecauldron, the Hearth will
be loaded with wood each day in preparation for a nightlyburn.
Bring your wood and combustible offerings to help fuel the
cauldron and keepit burning through the night. Come give the
heart a pulse by pumping the hugebellows which forces air
into the center of the coronary furnace. Around thecircumference
of the pericardial cauldron will be containers of alchemical
powderswhich will issue various colors and sparks when tossed
into the flames. Someperformances are planned including Thursday's
cremation of Yukon prospector SamMcGee. Our hope is to not
only provide a living heart for
the man, but also to createa meeting place, a stage for ceremony,
and a furnace to warm the chill of late nightwanderers.