The Effigy


The Effigy at Lakes of Fire is the pinnacle of the event. It is the first and largest sculpture at Lakes of Fire. Built by a wonderful crew of volunteers, the Effigy represents the community effort to build something bigger than ourselves. It’s a place to play, reflect, relax and more. It’s burned in a jubilant celebration on Saturday night, the final night of the event.

The Lakes of Fire Effigy now has a long history under its belt. Please check out the previous effigies (on the right!) to see the rich culture of Lakes of Fire.

The future looks bright for the Lakes of Fire Effigy Project and the new process of sharing project leadership with a new community member each year. This tradition will burn into the future creating more and more combinations of communal effort just like the first Beta year that started it all.

2017’s Effigy: The Eggify!

“This chapter of the Story on the Lake begins where the last one left off. One year ago, Gardon! The Great & Terrible was vanquished by fire on these these very shores. As LNT was sifting through his ashes, they found a strange object, so [uncharacteristically] they left it behind. Over the course of the next year this grew into a towering Egg. Inside, the symbol of fire and rebirth itself awaits: a blazing Phoenix, sealed in a shard of crystal ice, preventing its emergence until the predestined time. This thing of fire and ice, we have come to know it as the Eggify, because why not?

“Eggxplorers, let its light be a beacon for you across the Lake! Upon your sixth, or even seventh lap around the track, stop a while and rest your dusty feet inside its welcoming interior. For the Eggify is beacon of chill. It’s on its ground level it is covered with fabric and pillows, and the top layer it is composed of nets and woven seating. Stay a while, share a story with someone you’ve never met. Roll around in eggstasy! Be transfixed by the shifting lights and detailed woodwork.

“And this Egg – it moves, it breathes. The Bird is aching to break free of its long imprisonment. Help it, by cracking open just a little and and feel its fiery breath. These arms are dynamic and you yourself will be able to aid in the awakening.

“And on that foretold day, as the last of the ice melts away, we will gather as the Egg cracks open, and we release the shackles. We watch as it becomes the Phoenix reborn. Screaming its thanks, it takes wing, to ignite the world and watch it Burn.

“And then this ritual will be complete, and it will be time for a new chapter to unfold.”

So you wanna build an effigy? WOOHOO, do it, rock it, own it!

Please visit our very detailed Effigy Build Application Page. These pages include all the info you will need if you want to submit a design to build an effigy a Lakes of Fire.

Want to learn more about the members and purpose of The Effigy Council? Please visit our Effigy Council page.

If you have questions, please email effigy@lakesoffire.org


Past The Effigy Leads