third beach includes a virtual fire and large hearth that is intended to act as a warm, comforting gathering space. This bonfire, “burning” in the middle of the installation, rises up towards the canopy from a hearth of large, shiny black stone, creating an escalating choreography of dancing flames. The refracted and surreal fire is accompanied by the ambient sounds of digitally manipulated “crackle” and ‘pop”, something we associate with real fires. Stumps of various sizes are assembled around the fire for onlookers to sit on and take comfort. The fire continues to slowly grow before it dies down to embers and then begins to build in ferocity again.
third beach was created in response to the ongoing fire bans that have been implemented in the Okanagan Region of British Columbia in recent years. These bans have resulted in the loss of campfires as a social and gathering space, and questions how we redefine a relationship with fire that has gone from being thought of as a source of warmth and comfort to one of destruction?
third beach is an Illuminate The Night project of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg funded by our Major Partner The Forks.