Herb Williams: How to make a wildfire out of wax

Unwanted Visitor: Portrait of Wildfire - Herb Williams. Photo: Ashton Thornhill

Herb Williams creates fabulous sculptures out of wax crayons. The ones above form Unwanted Visitor: Portrait of Wildfire – a piece hosted by the National Ranching Heritage Centre in Texas and designed to promote awareness of the causes of wildfires.The project was brought to life thanks to donations pledged via the Kickstarter funding platform.

You can see a timelapse version of the one of the sculpture maquettes changing and melting in the video which the NRHC used to promote funding for Williams’ work or you can get an idea of how the pieces worked in the dry heat of Texas by looking at the photo below.

Unwanted Visitor: Portrait of Wildfire (maquette melting) - Herb Williams.

Currently the end date for the sculpture’s residency is February 2012 but that is subject to change depending on whether the pieces deteriorate too badly. The most recent Facebook pictures have them covered in a layer of snow!

Unwanted Visitor: Portrait of Wildfire (with snow) - Herb Williams. Photo via Facebook page

Williams has been sculpting with crayons since 2002. He credits the rediscovery of the medium to the birth of his son which is a lovely byproduct of his fatherhood. In one interview with Don’t Panic he admitted that he had Crayola “in my five on speed dial. When I order, I get my single colors in quantities of 3,000 to a 50-lb case.”

You can see the journey from maquette to full-size sculpture in the slideshow below.

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For more on Herb Williams’ work you can visit www.herbwilliamsart.com

The site isn’t actually working for me right now though but you can also see oodles more of his work on his Flickr photostream.