W Solstice brush sculpture burning

Every year, in Bluff Utah, a giant brush sculpture of an animal or bird is built and then burned on the evening of the winter solstice, with a large turnout of townspeople and visitors.. There is also Native American participation…

W Solstice brush sculpture burning

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Every year, in Bluff Utah, a giant brush sculpture of an animal or bird is built and then burned on the evening of the winter solstice, with a large turnout of townspeople and visitors.. There is also Native American participation in this event.
This video “slide show” is a series of snapshots taken from the webcam located on the Recapture Lodge across the street from the field where the sculpture is created.
The beginning of the video is at the time of the solstice sunrise with the sculpture’s head turned that direction. Unfortunately the sun went behind clouds just before the face would have been fully illuminated. The video then changes to shortly after sunset and proceeds through the entire period that the coyote sculpture is consumed by fire.
The flames seem to die down some and then increase. This is due to the small material making up the “fur” flashing off quickly and then the larger branches used in the main structure begin to burn in earnest. Those larger “sticks” starting to burn can be seen in the close-up view taken by the webcam. I think that cottonwood bark fibers made up the fur portion but not sure.
Frank Colver

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