Kickstarter Tuesdays: Wrapping the Real Saturn V Moon Rocket


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In 2008, a group of educators and artists formed the International Fiber Collaborative (IFC) a non-profit organization with a mission to create deeper learning experiences through art, collaboration, and cross-curricular programming for individuals and their communities.  IFC’s current initiative, The Dream Rocket Project, started in 2009 and is a multi-year project with an ultimate goal of collecting 8,000 artworks which will be assembled side by side to wrap a Saturn V Moon Rocket replica for a 60 day exhibition, May 1 – June 30, 2014.

Submissions have been received by individuals, groups and schools from 17 countries, 46 states, and 365 communities.  The International Fiber Collaborative programs have been a catalyst for creativity in health care facilities, libraries, schools, museums, and other locations, and has generated 18,528 submissions collected from an estimated 13,058 individuals as part of three major projects.  Fortunately, they have a team of teachers, volunteers, and professionals which have committed themselves to problem solving and finding solutions for making impossible dreams like, wrapping the real Saturn V, more possible.  The group has wrapped an old gas station and a tree with artwork before.

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For some students, this is their first introduction to space, science, and art.  Wrapping the indoor real Saturn V Moon Rocket would have profound impact beyond their original intent to wrap the vertical Saturn V replica, they would really like to pursue this option.  It would be awesome to walk under the entire length of the indoor rocket and look up to see all the art.  Anyone would have a hard time seeing all the art on the outdoor vertical rocket which stands 363 feet tall.

The International Fiber Collaborative is doing a Kickstarter campaign to complete engineering drawings, color renderings, and a three-dimensional model.  Your pledge will support design and team building aspects of the Dream Rocket project, a large scale art project based on creativity and teamwork made of thousands of artworks created by schools, groups, and individuals from around the U.S., and around the world.

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They would like to begin the design phase on August 1st with completion scheduled for November 1, 2013.  During which Steve LaCasse, senior engineer from Bartlett & West will mentor Washburn University pre-engineering students as they consider design possibilities.  Engineering consultants have indicated that the Dream Rocket wrap will require the design of a series of frames to support the completed piece.  The fabric panels will not be allowed to touch the rocket structure in any way and will need to be independently supported from the roof or floor.

Once the design phase is complete, they will have the necessary documentation, drawings, color rendering, and three dimensional model to present to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Smithsonian, and any additional parties.  Their team would like to take the following steps: Seek permission from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Smithsonian,  finalize materials, fabrication, insurance, and permits, and organize an opening event and develop opportunities for group sleepovers (ie Girl Scouts), and school visits.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist with The American Museum of Natural History in New York, and Director of its famed Hayden Planetarium, is an internationally known science advocate.  He encouraged the IFC to incorporate the dream symbolism into the project because, “The Saturn V is the ideal icon to represent a big dream. This rocket was designed and built as a collaboration of nearly half-a-million people and allowed our human species to venture beyond our world and stand on another – surely one of the biggest dreams of all time. Enabling the dreams of young people to touch this mighty rocket sends a powerful message.” Tyson is one of many enthusiasts who has offered his support to the Dream Rocket Project.

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Here are the top reasons to actually wrap the Saturn V Moon Rocket!

  • 1. We think that the Saturn V is a powerful metaphor of achievement and we think that wrapping a real Saturn V is the best option for the Dream Rocket Project.
  • 2. Students will have an opportunity to work with engineers on these drawings, again highlighting our goal for cross subject collaboration.
  • 3. We might just be dreaming, there are two other Saturn V rockets other than the one at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama in which I am referring to, (1) Kennedy Space Center, FL, (2) Johnson Space Center, TX, and wouldn’t it be something if this wrap could be re-installed for a temporary exhibits at these other locations so that more of our participants and communities have access to see the wrapping?
  • 4. It would be awesome to walk under the entire  length of the indoor rocket and look up to see all the art. We would have a hard time seeing all of the art on the outdoor vertical rocket which stands 363 feet tall.
  • 5. This is a time in our nation where we need to be unified in a collective accomplishment, as a nation who has been hurt by 9/11 and Boston our heart is fractured. We need to remember that the space program, lead by Chuck Yeager and his contemporaries, those that became NASA did so as pioneers into an unknown future. That future is now questionable, in terms of space. The retirement of the space shuttle program has many Americans feeling a loss for future exploration. We no longer look to news from the Space station and current generations of students, take space pictures from Mars as an everyday experience.  We must draw attention to the vibrant future of space, science and new generations of pioneers: today’s students.  NASA is re-configuring the fuel for the Saturn V, exploring the reintroduction of this rocket for the future. What better way to do this than to put the hopes and dreams of this new generation of thinkers on the original rocket.   For some of them, this was their first introduction to space, science and art. What a great way for NASA and the Smithsonian to engage new patrons for support, parents of students whose work graces the rocket, exhibits that link this rocket from the past with the hope of the future. - Barbara Nueske from Tesseract School in Phoenix, AZ
  • 6. Instead of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) the wrapping of the indoor Saturn V rocket takes us a step closer to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). By wrapping the indoor Saturn V Moon Rocket we will be STEAMing ahead!!!!!!!!

As of May 29th, this Kickstarter project has around $1,700 of the $24,150 goal they need to be funded.  And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached!  This project only has 24 days left to reach the $24,150 goal.  For a pledge of $20, you will get an electronic postcard with a photo of their completed color rendering and 3-D model.  For a pledge of $45, you will get a 12″ x 18″ color poster of the completed artist rendering of what the wrap might look like based on the completed engineering drawings, signed and authenticated.  There are bigger pledge levels and rewards like a 3D Model, engineering drawings, and a special edition booklet!

To learn more about Wrapping the Real Saturn V Moon Rocket and to pledge go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thedreamrocket/wrapping-the-real-saturn-v-moon-rocket?ref=city

 

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