On The Dream Rocket

Thursday, August 20, 2009

(Thanks to Jennifer Marsh for use of this graphic above)

Back in September of last year, I wrote about an international project to cover a tree in Huntsville with handmade leaves. It debuted at Big Spring Park during Panoply, and was beautiful!

On Monday, Jennifer Marsh, a visiting art professor at UAH, announced plans to wrap the Saturn V rocket at the Space and Rocket Center there with over 8000 handmade pieces. It's 37 stories tall, so that's a lot of wrapping! It will be the world's largest collaborative art project. She's expecting people from every state and 100+ countries to participate.

In her speech, Jennifer said:

...And when I learned the history of the Saturn V – how the odds makers put 1000-1 odds against putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade – how it was considered an “impossible dream’….
Well… that’s where the idea of Big Dreams and the Saturn V came together.
In reading about the history of the space program, I am struck by how many of the key players were inspired when they were 12 or 13. They had this dream of space flight and they made it happen.
If we can get people to dream big dreams again – who knows what we may accomplish in the future?
The Spirit of the Saturn V teaches us that when people collaborate on an important goal and put aside their differences, nothing is impossible! Anything can be accomplished.
So whether your dream is:
* Going to Mars,
* Curing cancer,
* Being the first in your family to go to college, or
* Finally getting clean water for your village
Whatever your dream is – if you work hard at it and collaborate with others – truly, anything is possible.

The completed project will be on display in May and June of 2010.

The first thing to do if you'd like to participate is to reserve your spot. Each Dream Theme panel is 2 feet x 2 feet ($100) and Visionary panel is 4x4 ($400). The fee goes toward costs associated with things like sewing all the panels together and applying the whole thing to the rocket.

Next, you create your Dream Theme panel or a Visionary panel.

Dream Themes can be something you dream up yourself, or you can take off from a list of suggested ideas - thinking about things like poverty, energy, space, health, peace, science/technology, conservation, and community.

Visionary Themes celebrate the successes of people identified by the project, like George Washington Carver, Winston Churchill, Darwin, Amelia Earhart, Thomas Jefferson, Bill Gates, Helen Keller, JFK, Florence Nightingale...the list is here.

Finally, mail it in no later than February 1, 2010.

All the details are at the Dream Rocket website.

I already can't wait to get started! If you're thinking about participating too, I'd love to hear from you - you can email me at:
ginger ...AT... deepfriedkudzu ...DOT... com

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