The Genesis Cube
The Genesis Cube
Create your own moving 3D sculptures in midair from lasers and smoke, and bring light to life in a transparent 8 foot cube.
Create your own moving 3D sculptures in midair from lasers and smoke, and bring light to life in a transparent 8 foot cube. Read more
About this project
You often see laser shows at public events, usually projecting drawings or patterns on a screen. Sometimes they are automatic or recorded. Sometimes some lucky person gets the fun job of playing with the controls. For years, we've been making laser projectors with simple controls that anyone could walk up to and play with, and taking them to parties and events. People often line up to get a turn.
We were talking about this and the idea came up: Why not draw nearly solid 3D shapes in air instead, using dense fog and more powerful lasers? The shapes would rotate and change, shrink and swell. We could make several of these with different colors in a really big transparent cube and controls on the outside for people to play with. The idea caught fire. We would take it to Burning Man and set it up on the Playa with all the other crazy and amazing things people bring there.
This year we want to bring the most basic concept to the Playa. An eight foot tall transparent cube on a small pedestal, with several control stations on the outside and six high power lasers inside. To do this we will need 100 feet of big steel, 250 square feet of acrylic, 6 lasers with precision power supplies, motors, expensive optics, a fog machine, a power generator and gas, hardware odds and ends and of course transportation.
We're starting small, but we have an extensive future planned for this project. With your help we plan to add:
- An interactive ambient soundscape that follows the changing patterns of the lasers.
- A beautiful facade to enclose the cube and enshrine it.
- An elegant plaza surrounding the cube where people can relax and watch as others perform stunning laser and sound shows for them.
- A solar array to eliminate our reliance on fossil fuels.
- Stylized control stations with active lighting.
Fire and light are the iconic artistic media of Burning Man. You can be a part of making this gigantic toy light up the desert, and become a word-of-mouth destination. Time is getting short.
We can't do it without you.
Dapper and TheWiz
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