The Solarium is an immersive art installation for Burning Man 2011. It invites the public to experience a brilliant digital sunrise.
The Solarium is an art piece being built for Burning Man 2011. Like a small planetarium for the sun, it strives to recreate our skies and offers the viewer a moment away from the noise and offers time to enjoy the wonders of watching a sunrise and nightfall, created with a field of LEDs along the inside of its domed ceiling.
This 8-foot tall structure allows participants to share an special experience often missed in day to day life. Operating at night, it will display a continuous sunrise/daytime/sunset/nighttime cycle against the inside dome of the structure every nine minutes, the amount of time most people spend between hitting snooze every morning.
During the day a solar panel array will recharge the batteries that power the LEDs that form this immersive experience.
The Solarium's total project cost is almost $5,000. As part of the Tasty camp, any costs over $4,000 will be funded by the camp. Here is a breakdown of the major costs of the Solarium:
* $1,200 - Solar panels
* $800 - Truck rental and gas
* $400 - Batteries
* $400 - PCB Fabrication
* $350 - LEDs
* $350 - Electronic components
* $300 - Wood, nails screws
* $300 - Fabric, tarp, coverings
* $250 - Tools
* $150 - Wire
* ~$400 - Prototyping materials, miscellaneous hardware, attachements, etc
You can see the three postcard designs here:
pledged of $4,000 goal
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Jun 22, 2011 - Aug 2, 2011
Pledge $15 or more
[SUPPORTER] - A card and personal thank you from the creator mailed to you.
Pledge $35 or more
[STARGAZER] - A thank you card and a book of three custom designed commemorative Solarium postcards
Pledge $78 or more
[CELESTIAL] - A thank you card, a book of three custom designed commemorative Solarium postcards + name or wish upon a beam of light highlighted on a star map poster
Pledge $138 or more
[BINARY LUMINARIES] - A thank you card, a book of three custom designed commemorative Solarium postcards + name and wishes upon a pair of beams (dedicate up to 2 people) highlighted on a star map poster
Pledge $275 or more
[CONSTELLATION] - A thank you card, a book of three custom designed commemorative Solarium postcards + name and wishes upon a constellation (dedicate up to 5 people) highlighted on a star map poster + catch a falling star, a piece of the Solarium's LED circuit board