As you look through the dust towards the moonrise above the playa you see a faint line disappearing in to the sky. As the night progresses you swear it's getting longer and brighter. You say to yourself, "I've got to know what that is; what's at the end of it? Could it be a leprechaun? Is it a laser? What's controlling it? It must be complicated for sure; perhaps it's radio controlled."
As the line becomes brighter you start to make out dots. You can see where it meets the ground. There's a crowd gathered around the end. Finally you are about to solve the mystery. You see the man with his line of lights projecting outward from his hands. You approach with caution, trying to understand it all, and suddenly you realize what you are looking at: balloons, lots of balloons, simply tied to a string, gently swaying in the wind.
You refuse to take this explanation as the answer and demand to see the technology. A balloon is pulled down for your inspection and you examine the soft glow of the LED light attached to the end of each balloon. The man offers you the string and suddenly you are now all that is holding the line to the ground.
This is a story we see over and over again at every Balloon Chain event. When people finally find out who's running it and how simple it is they can't believe it. It never gets old.
History of Balloon Chain
The project goes back to the artist's second year at Burning Man, in 2006. He and his friend would ride their bikes out to deep playa and didn't want to lose each other. To make it easier for both of them to find each other if they got separated, he had the idea of attaching a few helium-filled balloons to each bicycle.
This idea developed into Balloon Chain. Robert has been bringing Balloon Chain to Burning Man at Black Rock City every year since.
Risks and challenges
Bringing the balloons to Black Rock City year after year is an amazing challenge. Our team originates from the East Coast, so everything (helium, balloons, line, lights, and tools) is flown out or bought in Nevada or California prior to arrival. Like all the great projects at Burning Man, someone ultimately has to front the bill. Our goal is to help offset that cost so we can focus on making the project as mind-blowing as it can be.
Your support will also go towards helping fund the design and fabrication of a new, interactive, and brighter lighting system, which is being developed to make Balloon Chain even more amazing than it's ever been before.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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