*Funding Update*: We are incredibly excited that our backers have helped us reach our goal. The actual cost of the project, however, is much larger, and we will continue to be super grateful for every single contribution you make, helping us purchase the materials needed to make the sculpture.
Meet RadiaLumia. The newest addition to the FoldHaus Art Collective’s garden of nature-inspired mechanical sculptures.
At FoldHaus Art Collective, we love creating magical experiences that bring communities together. We design places where everyone is welcome to live, breathe, and just be. Places where the wonders of the natural world and the power of technology come together.
Like our previous works, Shrumen Lumen (2016) and Blumen Lumen (2014), RadiaLumia is both poetic and robotic. It balances the tension between technology and nature, using engineering and design to bring origami to life, and bring community together.
Thousands of years ago, Black Rock desert was an ocean filled with water and sea life, including Radiolaria – tiny mineral skeletons that covered the sea floor. RadiaLumia is a larger-than-life adaptation of those beautiful creatures which may still be hidden deep in the Playa. It’s a geodesic sphere, five stories tall, and covered with a breathing skin of forty-two origami shells and radiant spikes.
On approach, visitors will see the folds of the shells, made of corrugated polypropylene, constantly in motion. At night, 100,000 LEDs will illuminate the sculpture, shoot light beams far into the sky, and create a spectacular wayfinding beacon. As the shells ebb and flow in response to visitors’ presence, they’ll alternate between protecting the intimate interior of the sphere and revealing a glimpse of its heart.
Visitors will be able to not only view RadiaLumia from outside, but step completely into it. Inside the sphere, visitors will be able to climb a platform and retreat, transcend time, look out onto the surrounding landscape, and experience from within the magical opening and closing of the shells. This is our most ambitious project yet. But with many years of experience of building similar art pieces, and an incredible team of volunteers already hard at work, we are confident we can solve for things like the engineering, interaction, and software challenges. A grant from Burning Man Arts has allowed us to start our work.
But now we need your help. We need to raise a significant amount to purchase materials and bring Radia Lumia to life. We can’t do that without you.
We’ll be launching RadiaLumia at Burning Man 2018, and we anticipate that RadiaLumia will continue Foldhaus’ tradition and live on at exhibitions around the world. You can see Shrumen Lumen now as part of the No Spectators exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. Or see more imagery of our work at www.foldhaus.com.
If you believe in the magic of art, nature, technology, and human connection – join us! We can’t wait to bring RadiaLumia to life, together.
And if you wish to give a not-for-profit, tax-deductible donation, please send us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll direct you to a secure site where you can donate to us through Burning Man Arts.
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Risks and challenges
This is not the first large-scale project FoldHaus has taken on, FoldHaus now has a history of several large-scale origami projects that use technology and mechanical engineering to create movement and interaction. We have learned a lot through these previous installations, Blumen Lumen and Shrumen Lumen, and are confident that we have the right team and knowledge base to ensure the success and launch of RadiaLumia. Our biggest risk is not raising sufficient funds for the expenses we need to cover to complete this ambitious piece, which is exactly why we need your help. Please keep spreading the word so that many join us in this endeavour.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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