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Hearth & Home December 2018

Parting Shot: Towering Torches


All of Elena Colombo’s sculptures are made for congregating around an outdoor fire. Many are made of bronze, which starts out as pink gold, goes to dark brown, and eventually to a verdigris green.

All of Colombo’s sculptures are heavy; each torch weighs in at 400 lbs.

All of Colombo’s sculptures are expensive; the Tiki Torches inside the branch-like structures cost $18,000 each; that’s not counting the structures themselves. They, by the way, are playing off the branch design on which she has been working for a while. Here, she makes it more elegant (to go with the landscaping) by giving them a waist and flailing out the top and bottom of each.

All of Colombo’s work is beautifully made, interesting, arresting, and unique.

This project is in Kansas City, Missouri, and it was designed by architect Judi Bauer. Look carefully and you’ll see that the space is small, but carefully designed. The 45-inch fire bowl – she calls it a Burn Bowl – is also Colombo’s, as are two other fire features (not shown).

Fire Features, a division of Colombo Construction Corp.; 342 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11205. Office: (718) 399-2233; Mobile: (212) 334-5069 or visit

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