Crude Awakening

Crude Awakening was an immense project created in 2007 by artists Dan das Mann and Karen Cusolito.

Crude Awakening Fireball

This image features a 105′ tall wooden oil derrick. The four BLEVE cannons (Nate Smith) are delivering 1200 gallons of flammable liquid. The derrick was then fed by a 500′ long, 1600 gallon pipeline full of liquid propane. Black Rock FX also supplied a Victory Siren, the loudest production siren ever produced. In addition, Black Rock FX supplied a smoke generator capable of obscuring a battleship in thick white smoke in under a minute.

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Fireball Photo by Kevin von Essen
Video by Wally Glenn