A Russian entrepreneur is hoping to re-purpose Nasa space blankets to create a shady area for festival-goers to relax during the Burning man festival in Nevada.
Alexander Shtanuk has kickstarted a crowdfunding campaign to fund his project, which aims to transform discarded reflective material into an enormous 300 feet x 300 feet (100 metres x 100 metres) billowing display.
When finished, the space blanket will be around the size of a football pitch, and will be used to create shade and protect from gusts of wind during the music festival.
Entrepreneur Shtanuk hopes to generate £13,335 ($17,500) to take the big blanket to Burning Man, which runs from August 26 to September 4 2018.
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A Russian entrepreneur is hoping to re-purpose Nasa space sheets for an exhibition at the Burning man festival in Nevada. When finished it will be 300 feet x 300 feet in size and made of around 3,000 individual pieces and held together with 25 miles of reinforced tape
The material is good for temperature regulation as it reflects around 97 per cent of all heat It will be used to create shade and as cool seating area in the desert
The reflective blankets were originally pioneered in the 1960s to provide insulation for Nasa space missions and measure around seven feet by five feet (2.1 metres by 1.6 metres).
They are made of BoPET polyester, a stretched out version of the commonly used polyester known as PET, and are capable of reflecting 97 per cent of all radiated heat.
These days, the space blankets are handed out to athletes after marathons and other exhaustive exercises to help their bodies quickly return to normal temperature after strenuous activity.
However, these blankets are often single-use – and are discarded after the event.
Shtanuk hopes to the shiny material a new lease of life and re-purpose them for his unusual art installation in the Nevada desert.
The crowd-funded money will be used to finance the final assembly, storage and transport of the vast display, he said.
The final sheet will be made up of around 3,000 separate, smaller sheets.
Shtanuk says it will take 25 miles (40 km) of reinforced tape to keep them together.
He hopes the creation will have a multitude of uses at the festival.
The art installation will be allowed to billow in the desert wind, creating much welcomed shadow over a large section of the desert for visitors.
In still and calm conditions, Shtanuk says the blanket can be laid on the ground to act as a seating area.
The shiny blankets were originally created in the 1960s to provide insulation for space missions and measure around seven feet by five feet (2.1 metres by 1.6 metres)
The sheets are made of BoPET polyester, a stretched out version of the commonly used polyester known as PET, and reflect up to 97 per cent of all radiated heat. They are now given to athletes after marathons and other exhaustive exercises to help their body return to normal
The vast sheet would be allowed to billow in the desert wind, creating much welcomed shadow over a large section of the desert for visitors. In still and calm conditions it can be laid on the ground to act as a seating area
‘The Blanket will be constantly changing its silhouette by the power of wind, taking different surreal forms – waves, mountains or some giant fantastic sculptures,’ proclaims the fundraising page for the project.
‘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.’
When temperatures dip in the evening, the sheet will become more of an interactive display, rather than a functional parasol, Shtanuk said.
How to still get tickets for the Burning Man festival
Pay through the nose
In April, $1,200 tickets will be made available to Burners which are identical to the $425 ticket.
Secure Ticket Exchange Program
The Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) is an online system that facilitates the safe resale of face-value tickets and vehicle passes that have been purchased directly from Burning Man.
According to Burning Man’s website, is designed to provide a hassle-free, secure way of buying and selling tickets while avoiding scammers, counterfeits and scalpers.
The OMG Sale
The OMG sale is essentially a last-chance sale of tickets and also is first-come, first-serve and requires registration. It includes the sale of 2,000 tickets at $425 each, and 1,250 vehicle passes available at $80 each, plus applicable fees.
Where there’s a will there’s a way: tickets can still be bought for Burning Man. Pictured a Mutant Vehicles on parade at last year’s event
The Low Income Ticket Program
Some 4,000 tickets at $190 each are available through the Low Income Ticket Program and are reserved for those who are in, and can demonstrate, actual financial need. These tickets are non-transferable.
Buy off a friend or stranger
Burner groups on social media such as the ‘Burning Man Ticket Begging’ group on Facebook are means by which people can exchange tickets Craigslist has ticket sales ads though there is the danger of falling for a scam.
Go to a different Burn
There 70 Burning Man festivals throughout the year, including Nowhere in Spain, AfrikaBurn in South Africa, Israel’s Midburn and Flipside in Austin.
Volunteer to help build work on a project
Burning Man gives out 26,000 face-value tickets people who work on installations or volunteer to help build the festival’s infrastructure. The downside is that sale for this has passed but a working may still secure a ticket.
Mr Shtanuk imagines participants dressed in suits featuring electroluminescent wire – also known as el-wire, and created by coating copper wire a glow-in-the-dark phosphor. They would then crawl underneath the blanket, ‘creating an effect of oceanic bioluminescent plankton or moving waves of equaliser’
Contributors to the cause are offered a ‘dusty piece of the blanket’ in five different sizes depending on the donation. These can range from £12 to £7,629 ($15 to $10,000)
So far, a total of £549 ($720) has been raised by 28 backers. Burning Man attracts 70,000 visitors annually, and exists as a temporary settlement, known as Black Rock City
The Russian imagines participants dressed in suits covered in electroluminescent wire – which is created by coating copper wire in a glow-in-the-dark phosphor.
They would then crawl underneath the blanket, ‘creating an effect of oceanic bioluminescent plankton or moving waves of equaliser’.
Contributors to the cause are offered a ‘dusty piece of the blanket’ in five different sizes depending on the donation.
These can range from £12 to £7,629 ($15 to $10,000).
So far, a total of £549 ($720) has been raised by 28 backers.
Burning Man attracts 70,000 visitors annually, and exists as a temporary settlement, known as Black Rock City.