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.

Cauldron Artist: Miguel Edwards

We are excited to welcome visual artist Miguel Edwards to the 2019 OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest! Although this is the biggest winter festival on the West Coast, Edwards’ cauldron has seen larger crowds. It debuted at the 2018 Special Olympics in Seattle, Wash. at the Opening Ceremony on July 1. Over 39,000 people filled the Husky stadium to kick off the games and witness the lighting of Edwards’ 13-foot-tall, stainless steel tribute to the Special Olympics. It will be lit again to celebrate the 2019 OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest!

Edwards drew inspiration from the athletes as he created the piece: “The courage and determination shown by these athletes was an inspiration to me as I worked on this piece,” said Edwards. “And I hope that people will notice the love, hard work, and diligence that went into making the cauldron. Like the story of so many of these amazing athletes, it is a bit about never giving up.”

Edwards’s recently moved to Bend, Oregon and can be found online at or on Instagram at @TheMiguelEdwards.

Meet the Judges
Meet the Competitors

Cauldron by Miguel Edwards

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

2019 Fire Sculptor Application

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 blocks of ice into works of art, showcased throughout the festival on Saturday and Sunday. The ice sculpture programming is sponsored by Hayden Homes, building better communities since 1989.


Light up the banks of the Deschutes River

Celebrating 20 years, Oregon WinterFest expands the popular Fire Pit and Sculpture installations with COLA – Central Oregon Light Art. Regional artists will illuminate the banks of the Deschutes river with rich environments and art pieces, all centered around light.

Light art is a traditional way to celebrate the night during these dark times of the year, originating when candles and torches were the only source of light. With the advent of modern ways of creatively thinking about light and technology these installations have become focal events in themselves — in Europe, and more recently, in North America. This year, Oregon WinterFest brings this modern tradition to Bend.


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.




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