Russian architect Alex Shtanuk has launched an Indiegogo campaign to generate funds for his innovative 107,000-square-foot (10,000-square-meter) reflective silver NASA space blanket which will feature at this year’s edition of Burning Man Festival.

Heralded as ‘The Blanket at Burning Man‘, the large reflective sheet is made up of 3,350 ultralight polyester NASA space blankets coated with metallic agent that reflects up to 97% of radiated heat. “During the hot daytime room under the Blanket will be used as a comfy and refreshing rest area, where anyone can relax, chill, have a nap or dance. At night hundreds of people in el-wire suits will get together under the blanket creating an effect of oceanic bioluminescent plankton or moving waves of equalizer.

Influenced by the wind, the huge reflective installation seeks to “bring the waves of the ancient Lake Lahontan back to Playa,” taking different surreal forms such as waves, mountains or some giant sculptures.

To bring the project to life, Shtanuk needs to raise approximately $17,500 for the materials and transportation of the giant Nasa installation from Russia to Black Rock City.

Donate to the campaign here and check out the gallery below!

The Burning Man Festival 2018 will take place in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada from August 26th to September 3rd. This year’s art theme will be ‘I, Robot‘, focusing “on the many forms of artificial intelligence that permeate our lives; from the humble algorithm and its subroutines that sift us, sort us and surveil us, to automated forms of labor that supplant us. Are we entering a Golden Age that frees us all from mindless labor? Everything, it seems, depends on HMI, the Human-Machine Interface. In a world increasingly controlled by smart machines, who will be master and who will be the slave?

The 2018 edition will also feature a giant, 100-foot-tall mirror ball. Head here for more info.


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