About The Dream Rocket Project
DRP launched in 2009, is collecting thousands of artworks from various regions of the world. Eventually, all submissions will be connected side by side to wrap the skeleton of a 385′ Space Launch System (SLS) rocket replica.
This wrapped SLS will be placed on temporary exhibit at locations around the United States. The SLS is NASA’s dream rocket, representing their dream of going to Mars and beyond. Locations of final installation and dates will be announced. We are locating venue hosts and exploring ways the SLS frame work might be constructed.
We have received submissions from individuals residing in dozens countries, states and in hundreds of communities. Submissions are in the form of textile art accompanied by essays, progress images, reports and examples of innovative approaches inside classrooms across our nation.
Topics range from science, space, technology, conservation, education, freedom and equality. Prior to the final installation, submissions have been exhibited in libraries, schools, museums and community centers. Artworks have been displayed at 155 sites.
→Originally, DRP’s intent was to wrap the 365′ Saturn V Moon rocket replica at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL from May-June 2015, however in October 2014 participants voted to pivot the project to reflect NASA’s current dream rocket, the SLS.
DRP estimates that by the time we have received our target goal of 9,000 submissions, nearly 36,000 people will have contributed to a monumental 32,000 square foot wrap. The social and economic benefits to youth and their communities reveals a vibrant and visible program, marked by collaboration from individuals in all economic sectors.
By exposing kids to the importance of collaboration through multi-disciplinary approaches we hope to inspire them to feel the freedom to DREAM big, THINK big and make a difference. By wrapping the SLS rocket replica with our dreams, the SLS exhibit can serve as an inspiring visual symbol of collaboration and perseverance.
A monumental achievement that was marked by collaboration, the Saturn V moon rocket is still considered the only rocket to have carried humans out of the Earth’s orbit (until the SLS is successful): it is the ideal example of realizing an “impossible” dream. Over 500,000 people worked together to design and launch the Saturn V to the moon as part of the Apollo program during the 1960s and 1970s.
On August 16, 2009 former CEO Larry Capps at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama said, “It’s a very interesting idea. We’ve always focused our efforts on the notion of getting youngsters excited about their future, and this program walks hand-in-hand with that goal. So, if wrapping the rocket might influence some budding young artist, or scientist, then we’re behind it.”
“America’s new heavy-lift rocket will be the largest launch vehicle ever built and more powerful than the Saturn V rocket that carried Apollo astronauts to the moon. The 70-metric-ton-(77 ton) configuration will lift more than 154,000 pounds and will provide 10 percent more thrust than the Saturn V rocket while the 130-metric-ton-(143 ton) configuration will lift more than 286,000 pounds and provide 20 percent more thrust than the Saturn V. The first SLS mission—Exploration Mission 1—in 2017 will launch an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to demonstrate the integrated system performance of the SLS rocket and spacecraft prior to a crewed flight.” – NASA
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History and Director of the Hayden Planetarium, encouraged us to incorporate the dream symbolism into the project when we began working towards wrapping the Saturn V because;
The Saturn V rocket is 363 feet tall, about the height of a 36-story-tall building, and 60 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. Fully fueled for liftoff, the Saturn V weighed 6.2 million pounds, as much as 400 elephants. The rocket generated 7.6 million pounds of thrust at launch, creating more power than 85 Hoover Dams. NASA
Image: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama. (Left in photo) Full scale vertical Saturn V replica. (Right in photo) Full scale horizontal real Saturn V. — DRP worked from 2009 – October 2014 to find ways to wrap either one of these Saturn V’s, however, permission was only granted for the vertical replica version.
Leonardo da Vinci: Collisions of Art and Science
DRP staff decided to create a digital exhibit of art submissions highlighting the above theme on the homepage of the DRP website from November 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016. Submissions will be posted below as they arrive.
Created by Waltham High School, Waltham, MA
Teacher: Mrs. Coughlan
Theme: Abstract paintings of NASA photographs of Earth
Materials and techniques: Fabric and paint
About this class project: Leonardo da Vinci was first and foremost and inventor and scientist. He is more famous for his paintings, of which not many are left. Some deteriorated due to his own experimentation with paint and mineral substances that did not stand up to time and atmosphere.
DaVinci was fascinated with optics. Ahead of his time in everything, he observed the upside-down image of the external landscape on the opposite wall of a closed barn, projecting through a small hole where sunlight could penetrate. He developed this into a drawing tool for artists and draftsmen, used extensively up until the 19th century. There are now reconstructed ‘sheds’ to do exactly this type of thing again, San Francisco having one of the most famous ones. http://www.giantcamera.com/. Leonardo could dream big and observing the flight of birds, drew many plans for ‘flying machines’, helicopters, and things that would take men into the sky. It would be another 500 years before his visions came to reality.
We have taken the photographs of the NASA satellite and translated them into abstract paintings. We used linen, which would have been used 500 years ago, but for paint we used acrylic, a plastic, ‘space-age’ polymer substance. If you look at the photographs (easily downloadable and free from NASA) you can see that these paintings are hardly abstract, but depictions of actual places on earth shown in a way that we would never be able to see unless they were photographed from space. This is full circle from Leonardo’s Camera Obscura (literally “dark room”), flight machines, and painting techniques in their purest forms in Renaissance Italy to modern day America.
Artist: Keith Mukire, grade 10, Title: Karmen Vortices, South Pacific