Tympani Lambada

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Tympani Lambada was created by Flaming Lotus Girls for Burning Man, 2011.

Tympani Lambada is a sculptural embodiment of the structures of how we perceive pitch, and by which we balance, combining fire, vibration and sound to create an experience rich with visceral sensuality. The bone and membrane of the inner ear’s vestibular system are transformed into steel and fire. These systems mostly work unseen, letting us walk, climb, and dance, to our hearts content. Tympani surrounds us with them, presenting them larger than life, in geometry that plays with our sense of what is possible and not.

Two steel arches reach up to 33 1/2’ high, giving the sculpture a strong visual impact even from afar. A third arch is suspended in space, glowing with LEDs that illuminate the area at night after fire. The interior of the piece is described by gracefully extending tubules, connecting nerve clusters, and a spiraling cochlea. Sheets of fire burst off the tall arches, activated from below by buttons driven by participants.

The vestibular system arches, evocative of the semi-circular canals of the inner ear, create a dramatic backdrop for the spiral of the cochlea, manifested as a 13-foot high, 15-foot wide liquid fire fountain. The fountain provides a visually stunning yet calmer, more grounded area within the overall sculpture. [1]


Tympani creates an environment with a 80’ long, 25’ wide footprint. It's steel arches reach up to 33 1/2" high and provide a dramatic backdrop for a 13 foot high and 15 foot wide liquid fire effect.