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An interactive art installation of 5 huge origami mushrooms that grow and light up in response to our movements around them!
An interactive art installation of 5 huge origami mushrooms that grow and light up in response to our movements around them!
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Shrumen Lumen

Shrumen Lumen is a garden of gigantic origami-inspired kinetic and interactive mushrooms! They are being built by FoldHaus, a group of designers, engineers, and makers who strive to create high quality interactive kinetic art. FoldHaus' last project, Blumen Lumen, was a huge success and was shown at many venues beyond Burning Man, such as The Exploratorium, San Francisco City Hall Centennial, The Treasure Island Music festival, and more! See how we brought that project to life on our project site: blumenlumen.com

This year we're taking what we learned and pushing it to the next level. Whereas the Blumen Lumen flowers had smooth, non-folded stems, the mushrooms are entirely made from folded outer material, with 9 times the material and the entire mushroom (stem-included) illuminates. In fact, each mushroom has over 1700 full-color computer-controlled LEDs inside. The mushroom cap, which is a majestic 12 feet in diameter magically transforms from a flat cap to a much taller shape, and this lighting and physical transformation occurs in reaction to users movements on a variety of octagonal pads spread throughout the garden.

We have already been building the Shrumen Lumens for over 5 months, thanks to a grant from Burning Man Arts, and it's going very well, each workday resulting in inspiring progress, and each mushroom taking more and more shape. Check out the pictures below to see some of the amazing progress!

Sadly, we will run short of being able to complete this project, though, without your support! This is a large project and the grant was only intended to cover us getting started. So please help bring kinetic art to a variety of communities by contributing here! 

And if you wish to give a not-for-profit, tax-deductible donation, please click here to be directed to a site where you can donate to us through Burning Man Arts! We can't give you gifts (legally) if you do that, but you get a cool tax write-off (consult your favorite tax adviser).

THANK YOU.

Progress

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Inside the first mushroom cap assembly
Inside the first mushroom cap assembly

 

Lead Designer, Joerg, and the first Shrumen Lumen prototype
Lead Designer, Joerg, and the first Shrumen Lumen prototype

 

Milling aluminum parts
Milling aluminum parts

 

Assembling the complicated hubs that connect head to actuators
Assembling the complicated hubs that connect head to actuators

Rewards

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Brass Medallion
Brass Medallion

 

Enameled Metal Pin
Enameled Metal Pin

  

Fold your own Shrumen Lumen kit (simplified)
Fold your own Shrumen Lumen kit (simplified)

 

Tote Bag
Tote Bag

 

 

3D Printed Shrumen (~6")
3D Printed Shrumen (~6")

 

1:12 scale paper Shrumen (manually actuates!)
1:12 scale paper Shrumen (manually actuates!)

 

Risks and challenges

This is not the first large-scale project FoldHaus has taken on, and although Blumen Lumen was a huge success, we've taken what we learned during that project and used it to ensure the success and launch of Shrumen Lumen. That being said, the main risk is not having the money to complete and launch this project, which is why we need your help.
We still have 5 weeks to wrap up all of the other elements of the project and do expect to be able to complete it in time for the big install, late August!

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    Medallion

    Enjoy a small metal medallion (1.2" diameter) with printed ShrumenLumen logo! Comes with a cord to use it as a necklace and a split-ring to put it on your keychain.

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    Shrumen enamel pin

    Enamel pin featuring the ShrumenLumen logo.

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    Fold-your-own Paper Shrumen

    A simplified version of the Shrumen fold pattern (because we want you to enjoy it, not go INSANE) that you can enjoy folding. It's a pretty cool geometric configuration!

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    Printed Tote Bag & Medallion

    A beautiful and useful tote bag featuring the ShrumenLumen logo. Use it to buy mushrooms from the market! They may not light up and change shape but they're much tastier.

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    • Metal Shrumen Medallion
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    Shrumen-lover combo pack!

    A combo pack of the tote bag, medallion, paper fold-your-own shrumen, and pin!

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    • Enamel Shrumen Pin
    • Printed Tote Bag
    • Fold-Your-Own Shrumen
    • Metal Shrumen Medallion
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    Framed professional photo

    Your very own beautifully-framed professionally-taken photo of ShrumenLumen on the playa at Burning Man. With some BEAUTIFUL photos under our belt of BlumenLumen, we know this one is gonna be gorgeous!

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    3D Printed Shrumen Lumen

    A 3d-printed shrumen for your desk! Super adorable and intricate, approximately 6" tall.

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    Hand folded 1:12 model of a Shrumen

    This is the real-deal: the same intricate fold patterns as the full-scale version, but in this one an inch is a foot in real life. PLUS, you can make the Shrumen cap grow or shrink by manually actuating it. Super cool!

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