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Dance of the Longtail

The ‘Dance of the Longtail’ Fireball is a commissioned piece by a Bermudian family for their new home on Tucker’s Town Peninsula (Bermuda’s main island), overlooking the brilliant blue ocean waters of the Atlantic. The client, a passionate photographer, provided several photographs of the majestic Longtail in flight which became a central image on their Fireball. This tropical whitetail seabird is native to Bermuda and is a national symbol. The Longtail motif was also important since these majestic bird mates for life. First sightings of the bird announce the arrival of spring, a beautiful resident of its coastal cliffs in the summer months. Hibiscus, with its trumpet-shaped flowers, adorn the base of this piece. 

Vlock found inspiration from Matisse’s 'Dance' painting. The choreography of these playful dancers easily translated to the dance of the Longtail birds.


‘Dance of the Longtail’ is a 40" diameter metal sphere fire pit. The client selected a wood-burning Fireball with a bright sanded finish accomplished by grinding the surface, which removes marine paint or rust, revealing a natural steel luster. It is hand-rubbed with industrial wax to maintain this brilliant finish.