Fire Pits & Ice Sculptures2018-09-12T14:35:08+00:00


The intrigue and excitement of fire is universal.

In the last 5 years, more than 40 creatives from throughout the Northwest have submitted work inspired by their fascination with this incendiary element.

Works have ranged from innovative takes on familiar subjects — a tabletop fire pit intended for making s’mores, complete with custom forks — to fantastical spaceships and fire-breathing dragons. Equally notable are the design and sculptural based pieces, marrying form and function.

As an element fire warms us, and invites us to relax, pause and socialize. The Fire Area is a collective art installation unique to Oregon WinterFest, offering an experience unlike anything else.

Meet the Competitors

Do you have experience in playing with fire? Submit your own vision for the 2019 competition.

This activity is supported in part by

The Bend Cultural Tourism Fund is a grant program created to enhance Bend’s economy through engaging visitors with the lifestyle, art and history of Bend. From musical acts to art exhibits to film festivals, the BCTF supports cultural opportunities that draw visitors to Bend.
Lay It Out Events is honored and grateful to be the the recipient of a Bend Cultural Tourism Grant, which has funded expanded outreach and marketing for the Fire Pit and Sculpture Competition, contributing to the cultural life in Bend. The 2018 competition will showcase submissions from throughout Oregon and Washington in part as a result of this funding.
Lay It Out Events is excited to be partnering with the City of Redmond and RCAAP for the first public art placement generated by the OWF Fire Competition. With the advent of   Art Around the Clock , Redmond’s outdoor public art gallery, this public placement is part of an ever growing cultural legacy.

ICE SCULPTURES presented by

Watch gifted carvers from throughout Central Oregon transform 600-pound blocks of ice into works of art on Saturday and Sunday. The Ice Carving Competition is sponsored by Hayden Homes!

Meet the Artists


Light up the banks of the Deschutes River

To celebrate the 19th Anniversary of Oregon WinterFest, Central Oregon’s first festival of illuminated art will join WinterFest’s line up of vibrant fire pits and sculptures, chill ice carving, boisterous creative art vendors, myriad music and winter activities.


We are looking for artists and creative thinkers to join us for this enlightened art show. As this is the first show of this kind in the area, no theme has been set. Artists are encouraged to light up the banks of the Deschutes River with their most creative work. Technical support will be available to artists in the creative process.
Artist App




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2018 Sponsors