Just a Giant Fire-Shooting Robot Octopus (VIDEO)

09/17/2014 AT 09:20 AM EDT

This is El Pulpo Mecanico. It is, just as the headline to this article indicates, a 25-ft. mechanical octopus that shoots 30-foot gouts of flame from its tentacles.

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El Pulpo Mecanico began life as a 1973 Ford 250 4X4 and was constructed in Arcata, California, after a successful Kickstarter campaign by artist Duane Flatmo.

The creature's fire effects and electrical were built by Jerry Kunkel. The whole thing took around three and a half months, with the finished project debuting at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada, in 2011.



Since then, El Pulpo, whose show consumes 200 gallons of propane per night, has had a successful return to Burning Man in 2012. It also recently lit up the Calgary, Alberta, Canada, art festival Beakerhead, described by its founders as a "place where engineers show their creative sides, and artists get technical, where science hits the street, and everyone gets ingenious."

As you can see, El Pulpo fit right in.

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