Burning Man – Russian Based architect Sasha Shtanuk is raising money to create THE BLANKET, a huge reflective installation which will bring the waves of the ancient Lake Lahontan back to the Playa, the wide desert area connecting the iconic festival temporary settlement to its epicentre.
THE BLANKET is a very light and strong BoPET polyester film canvas 100 by 100 meters, made of 3.350 NASA Space blankets held together with 40 km of reinforced tape. “Il will be constantly changing it’s silhouette by the power of wind, taking different surreal forms- waves, mountains or some giant fantastic sculptures.” Explains Sasha Shtanuk.
The silver side of the Blanket is coated with metallic agent that reflects up to 97% of the radiated heat. During the hot daytime room under the Blanket will be used as a comfy and refreshing rest area, where anyone can relax, chill, have a nap or dance.
When the sun sets, hundreds of burners – aka the soul dining The Burning Man Festival – will get together in el-wire suits under the blanket creating an effect of oceanic bioluminescent plankton or moving waves of equalizer.
“Ever since we were children and throughout our life we share the space under the blanket with lovers, friends and family. Under the Blanket there are no strangers.” Add Sasha Shtanuk.
To raise enough money for the materials, transportation, rent, etc., and make the installation happen, the architect has started an Indiegogo campaing with a flexible goal of 17.500 dollars. To back the project, you can buy a dusty piece of ‘the blanket’ for $15 to $10.000, depending on its size.
• All images and videos by Sasha Shtanuk.