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The makers of Shrumen Lumen bring you RadiaLumia: 
A 5-story tall geodesic sphere, covered with a breathing skin of origami shells!
The makers of Shrumen Lumen bring you RadiaLumia: A 5-story tall geodesic sphere, covered with a breathing skin of origami shells!
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*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 foldhaus@gmail.com and we'll direct you to a secure site where you can donate to us through Burning Man Arts.

REWARDS: 

(final rewards may differ slightly)

Note: If you wish to receive multiple rewards, pledge the total amount for one of the rewards you have chosen (as you can always pledge more per reward), and send us a note to let us know about the others ones you would like to receive.

Fold-your-own RadiaLumia Origami Pattern - $5 Donation
Fold-your-own RadiaLumia Origami Pattern - $5 Donation
Temporary RadiaLumia Tattoo - $20 Donation
Temporary RadiaLumia Tattoo - $20 Donation
RadiaLumia Acrylic  Pendant - $25 Donation
RadiaLumia Acrylic Pendant - $25 Donation
RadiaLumia Pin – $35 Donation
RadiaLumia Pin – $35 Donation
RadiaLumia Metal Pendant - $75 Donation
RadiaLumia Metal Pendant - $75 Donation
Hand-printed silk scarf - $100 Donation
Hand-printed silk scarf - $100 Donation
The hand-printed silk scarf is available in white with gold print and black with silver print.
The hand-printed silk scarf is available in white with gold print and black with silver print.
Gold-Plated RadiaLumia Necklace - $125 Donation
Gold-Plated RadiaLumia Necklace - $125 Donation
Gold-Plated Shrumen Lumen Necklace - $125 Donation
Gold-Plated Shrumen Lumen Necklace - $125 Donation
Gold-Plated Blumen Lumen Necklace - $125 Donation
Gold-Plated Blumen Lumen Necklace - $125 Donation
RadiaLumia Photograph by Peter Ruprecht (photo to be taken in August 2018; shown here his Shrumen Lumen photo) – $150 Donation
RadiaLumia Photograph by Peter Ruprecht (photo to be taken in August 2018; shown here his Shrumen Lumen photo) – $150 Donation
Sponsor a RadiaLumia Shell - $250-$255 Donation
Sponsor a RadiaLumia Shell - $250-$255 Donation
Complete Collection of Gold-Plated FoldHaus Jewelry - $300 Donation
Complete Collection of Gold-Plated FoldHaus Jewelry - $300 Donation
RadiaLumia Light Object - $600 Donation
RadiaLumia Light Object - $600 Donation
RadiaLumia Heart Sculpture – $1,000 Donation
RadiaLumia Heart Sculpture – $1,000 Donation

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.

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    DIY RadiaLumia Folding Kit

    Download the pattern for a RadiaLumia shell to fold on your own. If you’ve got the origami stamina to fold forty-two of them, you can create your own mini RadiaLumia!

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    Temporary RadiaLumia Tattoo

    These aren’t your standard temporary tattoos - these custom RadiaLumia tattoos are truly beautiful artwork for your body, and a great way to show your support, on and off the Playa.

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    RadiaLumia Acrylic Pendant

    This wooden pendant is engraved with the intricate RadiaLumia logo. A nice keepsake for everyone.

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    RadiaLumia Enamel Pin

    An all-time FoldHaus favorite, this year’s pin features the RadiaLumia fold pattern in radiant colors. (photo will be posted shortly)

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    RadiaLumia Metal Pendant

    This intricate metal pendant will look beautiful as a necklace or keychain. Comes with a cord.

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    RadiaLumia block-print silk scarf

    This soft hand-printed silk scarf features the RadiaLumia logo in a beautiful gold block-print.

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    Combo Pack

    Collect the metal pendant, enamel pin, and fold-your-own origami in this combo deal!

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    Gold-Plated RadiaLumia Necklace

    Get one of this limited edition of gorgeous 14k gold-plated RadiaLumia necklaces. A beautiful gift to yourself, or someone you love.

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    Gold-Plated Shrumen Lumen Necklace

    Are you a lover of our Shrumen Lumen installation? Our limited edition of gorgeous 14k gold-plated FoldHaus necklaces includes the mushrooms.

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    Gold-Plated Blumen Lumen Necklace

    The Blumen Lumen necklace completes the limited edition of 14k gold-plated FoldHaus jewelry. Also works as a really special key chain.

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    RadiaLumia Photograph by Peter Ruprecht

    You will receive a printed and framed professional photo by Peter Ruprecht Studios, to be taken on the Playa in 2018. (Estimated Arrival: Fall 2018)

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    Sponsor a RadiaLumia Shell [EARLY-BIRD]

    Our most unique reward: Own or dedicate your part of RadiaLumia by sponsoring one of forty-two RadiaLumia’s shells. You’ll receive a hand-made wooden plaque that indicates which one is yours. Additionally, we will show a map of all sponsored shells on our website.

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    Sponsor a RadiaLumia Shell

    Our most unique reward: Own or dedicate your part of RadiaLumia by sponsoring one of forty-two RadiaLumia’s shells. You’ll receive a hand-made wooden plaque that indicates which one is yours. Additionally, we will show a map of all sponsored shells on our website.

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    Complete Collection of FoldHaus Jewelry

    For the true connoisseur, the complete collection of the limited edition FoldHaus 14k gold-plated jewelry.

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    RadiaLumia Light Object

    Light up your space with your own RadiaLumia. This functional art piece is a miniature version of the art piece that illuminates from within, creating beautiful light patterns and shadows.

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    Sponsor the Heart of RadiaLumia

    A new reward for our most generous supporters: Become a sponsor of the heart of the sculpture – the inner most part that only reveals itself when the origami shells close.

    You will receive a stunning custom made and engraved sculpture, a walnut pendant, and the RadiaLumia pin.

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Funding period

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