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Artists at The Factory: Leo O’Brien

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leoLeo O’Brien is an Oakland artist and member of the HiveMind Art Collective, one of the founding artist members who helped launch The Gate 510.

O’Brien was a key contributor on the team that created the renowned mutant vehicle, Apis Inlusio; he is credited with the unique design of the 35-foot bee’s head and eyes.

He has also been a team member and leading contributor to the art of our previously featured artist Mauricio Bustos including the light sculptures seaGrass for Burning Man 2013, lumenEssence from 2014, and furSwarm  at Burning Man 2012, a network of vests embedded with LEDs that communicated with each other to help coordinate large mesh network patterns. Check it out in action:

O’Brien is in the lead artist seat on his most recent project, the fire sculpture, “RotoFuego,” a bicycle powered fire vortex. RotoFuego has been awarded a Black Rock City Honorarium grant for 2016, and is in development and construction at The Gate 510 in anticipation of debut at Burning Man in just two short weeks.

(You can help be a part of bringing RotoFuego to life! The RotoFuego crew is hard at work building the sculpture but still needs some help to cover the costs of materials, propane and transportation. Their campaign on Fundrazr has been extended: check it out and contribute!)

(Reported by: Tom LaPorte)