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The Wet Dream, a burning man funded art installation, creates a whimsical English dream of a rainy day under the parched desert sun. Read more

London, UK Public Art
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The Wet Dream, a burning man funded art installation, creates a whimsical English dream of a rainy day under the parched desert sun.

London, UK Public Art
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This August we are building a Burning Man funded Arts project in the Black Rock Desert. Our project aims to bring a little whimsical Englishness to the hot Nevada desert in the form of a rainy day...

We are using umbrellas, the sound of rain, falling lights and a lot of love to make this happen! Our ambition, as a group of young architects, is to build something strange, big and lovely with our hands, and make exciting international connections. The project aims to highlight elements of architecture that we love, but find hard to articulate in our daily jobs - such as the relationship between community and space and the importance of bottom up, user-led design through interactive art. By gaining experience and evidence of this in this festival we hope to spread the ideas back through our daily lives and jobs.

The structure will be an uncanny desert oasis. It is us dreaming of England in the parched desert sun. In the heat of the day it will provide shelter with the gentle audio of falling rain and the occasional thunderstorm. Being under a canopy of umbrellas will remind people further of the experience of rain, thus mentally cooling and calming them. By night the rain effect will be enhanced by a visual experience of white LED rope lights, descending from different heights above and LED sheet lightning programmed across the umbrellas. 

At the beginning of the week, the canopy of umbrellas will be fully fleshed out, only letting trickles of ‘rain light’ through to the space below. We will gift the umbrellas to the revellers on the penultimate night, increasing the rain to a downpour as a contrast to the fire on the Saturday night. By the end of the week the bones of the installation will be left. The skeleton of structure and lights will be revealed, opening up to the night sky and the site, its type of enclosure changing from a solid surface of umbrellas to demarcations through lights and tertiary rope structure.

At night, from a distance, the ‘raining’ lights will be a dripping spectacle, with flashes of lightning provided by the programmed LED's.  In the day the neutral tones of the umbrellas will hover like glowing clouds. On approach participants will see the hierarchy of structure; the primary large scale legs, which relate in scale to the desert; the strings and umbrellas below acting at a more human scale, enclosing the space and supplying shelter.
The plan of the ‘skeleton’ will be in the form of an umbrella’s structure, remarkably similar to a star and thus easily comprehensible from below. This ‘star’ shape will be enhanced from below by manipulating the lengths of the strings and thus the umbrella canopy above. 

An important element of the project is connections, particularly the connection to the UK. We recently held an exhibition where we offered 100 people the opportunity to ‘adopt’ an umbrella. They gave them names and characters which we will use as a basis for coding the interactivity of the installation. The characters and names will be printed onto the umbrellas which we then give out in the desert. LED’s attached to the umbrellas will react to the people occupying the space below depending on how they treat the space and their coded character traits. On the penultimate night the umbrellas will be gifted to the revellers and taken home by them across the world. 

These people can then make connections back to their English umbrella sponsor via our website. This is our primary means of fundraising; the potential to make an interesting international new friend through an umbrella experience!!

We are being as ambitious as we can, and although we already have some funding, the money we could raise from Kickstarter can make it much better! There are 9 of us in the group who have all been donating as much time and energy as we can to this project, and we are all funding our own flights, accommodation and festival going experience. The money is all for the project!!

Thank you for your support!

* for more: see design guidebook here: http://vimeo.com/23770631 

and a video of our first testbuild here: http://issuu.com/kimberlycwalker/docs/2011_0501_burning_man_design_guide

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    1 backer

    Donate $1 or more and you get behind the scenes access to The Wet Dream installation
    development on the blog.

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    40 backers

    Donate $10 or more and you get to adopt an umbrella - your name goes onto an umbrella in
    burning man with your favourite characteristic - and you get a limited edition postcard,
    after the festival you will be put in contact with the Burning Man recipient of your umbrella and can trace its path from england across the world.

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    17 backers

    Donate $50 or more and you get to adopt an umbrella and a limited edition A3 print of the
    original WarmBaby cover image.

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    4 backers

    Donate $100 or more and you get to adopt an umbrella, a limited edition A3 print of our
    concept by artist and WarmBaby friend Dan Slavinsky, and an extra PDF after Burning Man
    about our project before and during the festival.

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    3 backers

    Donate $200 or more and you get the previous awards, mention on our blog as a silver
    supporter and a printed book on the installation during the festival.

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    2 backers

    Donate $500 or more and you get the previous awards plus mention on our blog as a
    gold supporter, two A3 print’s - one of the concept by artist and WarmBaby friend Dan
    Slavinsky and one of the original WarmBaby cover image - and a printed book about our
    project before and during the Festival.

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    0 backers

    Donate $2000 or more and you get the previous awards plus you get our 1:cocktail umbrella
    scale model!

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