Effigy Team

About the Effigy Team:

The Effigy Team is responsible for the design, construction, transportation, burning, clean up, and any other needs of the Alchemy effigy. Many participants consider this to be a very important part of the event, since it is the largest art installation we create. It is (physically and symbolically) the most central of all the installations. It also holds significant value to many participants as they consider the bonfire effigy-burn ceremony on Saturday night to be the climax of Alchemy.

Our effigies have very few constraints on their artistic and structural concept. They have historically been wooden, interactive, and climbable. It's a structure that participants spend much of their time connecting to and celebrating with one another. A nexus of expression in all forms.

Applications for Effigy Team Leadership are LIVE for Alchemy 2016. See the bottom of this page for more information on how to apply.

The Effigy Team Leadership Structure:

Creating (and poofing away) the effigy is no small or quick task. It requires loads of dedication, time commitment, knowledge, and collaboration. This is why we have moved to expand the team's leadership to specialize and lighten the load. Here is the breakdown of the 3 leads:


Effigy Art Lead: The creative and imaginative mind behind the effigy. They are the visionaries who dream the big dream. Expectations about their role include:

  • Creating the design concept for the Effigy (does not have to include the technical design).

  • Creating the art-section of the total budget.

  • Overseeing and curating the artistic aspects of the effigy.

  • Working with the Effigy Leads to incorporate any desired artistic mediums (CnC art, painting, lighting, sound, etc).

  • Thinking of ways to include community members and incorporate their art in the effigy (With the assistance of the Effigy Logistics Lead).

  • Working with the Fire Safety team to come up with a cool and safe ignition plan.

  • Ability to create a digital model of the design is highly desired (but not required).

  • No construction experience necessary. We will hook you up with with the people who have that.

Effigy Construction & Fabrication Lead:

The technically inclined, builder savvy hands that will lead the physical design, construction, and labor. Expectations about their role include:

  • Working with the Effigy Art Lead to translate their concept into a safe and structurally sound effigy.  

  • Creating the plans and blueprints for the effigy, within the Fire Safety guidelines.

  • Creating a build budget and a materials list, as accurately as possible.

  • Working with the Effigy Leads to create a pre-build plan and schedule.

  • Working with the Effigy Logistics Lead to recruit a volunteer build crew.

  • Working with the Effigy Leads to create any CnC art (if applicable).

  • Working with the Logistics Lead to coordinate transportation of the effigy from the build site to the event site.

  • Working with the Ops Department Lead to secure heavy equipment and certified volunteers to operator them (if needed).

  • Overseeing the build process (pre-build and on-site).

  • Construction, contractor, carpentry, or equivalent experience is required.

  • This is likely the most time consuming lead position. Your presence is needed for all pre-build sessions and on-site construction.

    • This constraint can be off-set by good project management, delegation, and a supportive team.

  • No artistic background necessary (although it wouldn't suck to have it).

Effigy Logistics Task Lead:

The type-A wizard who will help keep everyone's S&#! together. Expectations about their role include:

  • Being fully available to the other Effigy Leads to provide any logistical stuff as needed. The includes:

    • Communication with the Events Committee and the rest of the event leadership

    • Purchasing, build materials, and art supplies

    • Build site needs

    • Transportation

    • Budgeting

  • Organizing people and volunteer management.

  • Working with the Alchemy Public Works (APW) and the Purchasing Lead to secure all the tools and materials needed.

  • Working with the Safety and Ops Departments to coordinate and plan closing and burning the sucker down.

  • Working with the Effigy Leads and APW to coordinate the effigy burn-scar clean up.

  • No art, design, or building experience necessary.

  • Efficient and prompt communication is required.

  • Online planning tool (Excel, Google Docs, etc) skills required.

Basic, Collective Expectations of Effigy Team Leads:

  • Attend the first Team Lead meeting on June 12th (exact time and location pending)

  • Attending the monthly Team Lead meetings.

  • Completing and submitting an Effigy Design Proposal (EDP).

    • Only one of those for the whole team.

  • Attending build weekend (or later if needed) to build the effigy.

  • Setting up a volunteer schedule in coordination with the Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Attending the daily Team Lead meetings during the event.

  • Ensuring that the effigy burn scar is cleaned by the end of the event.

  • Completing the post-event report and submitting it 3 weeks after the event.

  • Attending Radio training.

  • Not being scared by any the stuff above! We have pretty solid support and resource systems to help you with this, especially if this is your first time leading a team.



How is The Winning Proposal Selected?

  • A panel made up of past effigy and temple leads will review the proposals with the applicants. They will screen for structural soundness and feasibility.

  • The Fire Safety Team will also review the proposals with the applicants to screen from a safety perspective..

  • The final decision is made by the Events Committee based on artistic aesthetic elements, value to the community, and the recommendations made by the above mentioned groups.

  • The selection process is very interactive. Once the proposal is submitted, the groups above will engage the applicants for questions and suggestions to make their design and proposal more viable.

    • You should be prepared for scheduling a meeting with these group to make this step easy.

  • It is highly recommended that the applicants reach out to the builder community for support before submitting a proposal. A clean and well thought-out proposal makes the selection process quicker and easier for everyone.



How to Apply to Be Part of The Effigy Lead Team?

  • If you are applying to lead any of the 3 positions of the team, you must fill out this form.

    • It is acceptable to apply to simultaneously lead up to 2 of these lead positions.

    • If you have other leads that you would like to work with, please indicate so in your leadership form.

  • Even though we are splitting off the major responsibilities, it is expected that at least one of the leads will be confident on how the whole process will come together.

  • If you have an Effigy Design Proposal (EDP) ready, you may go ahead and submit that here.

  • If you do not have an EDP ready, that's ok, for now. We will connect you with other applicants and together you can collaborate and create the EDP.

Thank you for your interest in leading this effort. We know this is a lot of information, so please feel free to email us with any questions at eventleads@flashpointart.org