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There have been a number of questions about the meanings behind the Alchemy logo.

Alchemy - The Georgia Burn began its life in November of 2006 at an area Meet and Greet, and held its first burn in 2007.

The name "Alchemy" was suggested early on and gained hold quickly. The name captured much of what participants do at a burn -- creating something magical, unique and powerful from the combination and ultimate destruction of common materials. Several attempts were made at developing a logo, including early logos based on the alchemical symbol for Phosphorus, among others. Then we hit upon using the alchemical symbols for the elements. A sketch was created that used the four traditional alchemical symbols corresponding to the elements of Earth , Fire Fire, Water and Air. These sketches were further refined in Photoshop, resulting in what we have today.

As is probably clear, the logo is a stacked set of the four elemental symbols. Where the original symbol had a line bisecting it, in the logo this becomes one of the two outer triangles. Put together, the elemental symbols create something very new in the Alchemy logo. As a side note, we've also released the Alchemy logo into the public domain.

The first and second year's effigies, designed and created by Keith Prossick, were a 3D representation of these stacked symbols, with each shape painted the appropriate color to match the element it represented.

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