Caged Pulse Jets is an interactive, kinetic sound sculpture. 5 spinning pulse jet engines, various sizes, create a range of percussive & droning tones designed and created by Christina Sporrong and crew. Through a completely interactive interface, the public can create sound compositions from pulse jet engines ranging from the symphonic to the cacophonous while they are held captive by the fiery jets spinning by their own thrust. The cage containing the jets stands 17' tall, including the top lifting ring, and is 18' wide at its widest. The jet cage has an octagonal footprint and is decorated ornately with forged elements to look like a giant bird cage. Inside, hidden within the structure, run propane, air and electric- the three ingredients for the valveless pulse jet engines to work. Five arms run out from the cage structure and hold the pulse jets and their fuel. Each jet has its own axis that it will spin freely around powered by its engine thrust. This will also add a stereo sound component to each jet. There is a user interface control panel outside of the cage that enables the public to "play" the jets as they will have the ability to modify the amount of fuel, and air. The incredible sounds that these jets can make will create a thunderous symphony like no other. While running, the jets will radiate their bright orange and yellow glow, resembling dynamic and awe-inspiring birds flying around in their bird cage.
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We in desperate need of $1,000 to be able to cover the trailer and fuel costs for this installation to be transported from Taos, New Mexico to Black Rock City, Nevada for the 2010 Burning Man festival - 2300 miles round trip - as well as Propane costs for the Caged Pulse Jet installation itself. We are so thankful for any support you can contribute! It’s gonna be beautiful…
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