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The Solarium is an immersive art installation for Burning Man 2011. It invites the public to experience a brilliant digital sunrise.

The Solarium is an art piece being built for Burning Man 2011.  Like a small planetarium for the sun, it strives to recreate our skies and offers the viewer a moment away from the noise and offers time to enjoy the wonders of watching a sunrise and nightfall, created with a field of LEDs along the inside of its domed ceiling.

This 8-foot tall structure allows participants to share an special experience often missed in day to day life. Operating at night, it will display a continuous sunrise/daytime/sunset/nighttime cycle against the inside dome of the structure every nine minutes, the amount of time most people spend between hitting snooze every morning.

During the day a solar panel array will recharge the batteries that power the LEDs that form this immersive experience.

FAQ

  • You can see the three postcard designs here:

    http://postcards.solarium2011.com/

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  • The Solarium's total project cost is almost $5,000. As part of the Tasty camp, any costs over $4,000 will be funded by the camp. Here is a breakdown of the major costs of the Solarium:

    * $1,200 - Solar panels
    * $800 - Truck rental and gas
    * $400 - Batteries
    * $400 - PCB Fabrication
    * $350 - LEDs
    * $350 - Electronic components
    * $300 - Wood, nails screws
    * $300 - Fabric, tarp, coverings
    * $250 - Tools
    * $150 - Wire
    * ~$400 - Prototyping materials, miscellaneous hardware, attachements, etc

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    [SUPPORTER] - A card and personal thank you from the creator mailed to you.

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    [STARGAZER] - A thank you card and a book of three custom designed commemorative Solarium postcards

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    [CELESTIAL] - A thank you card, a book of three custom designed commemorative Solarium postcards + name or wish upon a beam of light highlighted on a star map poster

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    [BINARY LUMINARIES] - A thank you card, a book of three custom designed commemorative Solarium postcards + name and wishes upon a pair of beams (dedicate up to 2 people) highlighted on a star map poster

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    [CONSTELLATION] - A thank you card, a book of three custom designed commemorative Solarium postcards + name and wishes upon a constellation (dedicate up to 5 people) highlighted on a star map poster + catch a falling star, a piece of the Solarium's LED circuit board

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