About The Dream Rocket Project

Buhler High School pose with their artwork at the base of the Titan II replica at the Kansas Cosmosphere.

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The International Fiber Collaborative (IFC) was formed to create deeper learning experiences through art, collaboration, and cross-curricular themed programming for individuals and their communities. IFC’s current initiative, The Dream Rocket Project (DRP) launched in 2009, is collecting 8,000 works of art that will be stitched together to wrap a Saturn V Moon Rocket replica at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama for a temporary public art exhibition. So far, we have received submissions from individuals residing in 17 countries, 46 states and 363 communities. Submissions are in the form of textile art accompanied by essays. 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. Over 5,300 artworks have been displayed at 134 venues in 22 states. Since 2011, we have collaborated with 3,659 children in Kansas alone.

The Dream Rocket Project has a center core presentation that allows for specific themes to be explored in light of the project as a whole. The focus in my approach has been that art is being used as a vehicle to explore topics, many of which relate to the Saturn V rocket in direct and indirect path ways. With this approach, all subject areas have been part of the work done by students at Tesseract.
Science was a core foundation as NASA documentations on the rocket were supplied through participation. Understanding the key and critical role of the Saturn V rocket in exploration, applied mathematics, cultural significance, leadership applications of science and a nation, language arts, inventors and other suggested themes allowed students to see the reason behind wrapping their work based on various topics around the rocket. A continued focus was to see the relationship between themes and the art panels created. – Barbara at Tesseract School


Evidence of high quality programming is reflected in the number of participants and venue hosts who have participated in this program, as well as topics explored and diverse opportunities offered. DRP estimates that by the time we have received our target goal of 8,000 submissions, nearly 36,000 people will have contributed to a monumental 32,000 square foot wrap of textile art. 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 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.”

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 Saturn V with our dreams, the Saturn V can serve as an inspiring visual symbol of our collaboration and perseverance. A monumental achievement that was marked by collaboration, the Saturn V is still considered the only rocket to have carried humans out of the Earth’s orbit: 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. 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 because;

“The Saturn V is the ideal icon to represent a big dream. This rocket…allowed our human species to venture beyond our world and stand on another – surely one of the biggest dreams of all time. Enabling the dreams of young people to touch this mighty rocket sends a powerful message.”

Autographed by Astronaut Clayton Anderson (2014)
2013, Study 3 Wrapping the Dream Rocket (Saturn V Moon Rocket), 18 1/4″ x 36″, paper, photograph, ink

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 

Although we have been granted permission to wrap the Saturn V replica, we continue exploring options regarding wrapping the real Saturn V instead. Efforts to wrap either the replica or the real Saturn V are monumental in all aspects and are dependent on many different factors, therefore we can offer no guarantees of a successful wrapping at any point. None the less we are committed to this program and continue full steam ahead. 

Dodge City Middle School students visit the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center 2.09.14

Dodge City Middle School students visit the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center 2.09.14

  Dodge City Middle School

All that work pays off! Just like a writer goes through many revisions of their work so an artist works and reworks a piece of art. Research ideas became rough drafts, rough drafts were revised, final plans generated media choices and finally quilt squares were created. The finished products were sent to the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas and were put on display there. On Sunday, February 9th, the students and Mrs. Stateler traveled to Hutchinson to see their pieces along with the others from around the state. We want to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Marsh, the Cosmosphere and everyone involved in the Dream Rocket Project for allowing students from Dodge City Middle School to be a part of this one of a kind exhibit. -Dodge City Middle SchoolRead more. VIEW VIDEO