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About The Dream Rocket Project

The Dream Rocket Project (DRP) launched in 2009, is collecting thousands (8,000) 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.   

→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.

New exhibit locations and dates will be announced asap. We are in the process of locating venue hosts and exploring ways the SLS framework might be constructed. 


So far, we have received submissions from individuals residing in dozens countries, states and 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 153 venues.

Students from the E.J. Harrington Elementary School in Lynn hold artwork for The Dream Rocket Project. From left to right: George Gomez, Nnenna Nwoke, Irma Rasidovic, Jadalize Guzman, Fatima Sierra, Britney Aguilar, Lydia Splaine, and Timothy Powell.

Students from the E.J. Harrington Elementary School in Lynn hold artwork for The Dream Rocket Project. From left to right: George Gomez, Nnenna Nwoke, Irma Rasidovic, Jadalize Guzman, Fatima Sierra, Britney Aguilar, Lydia Splaine, and Timothy Powell. Read more in a recent Boston Globe article.

WGC Exhibit PosterThe 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  



Thornhill Elementary School, Oakland, CA

Thornhill Elementary School, Oakland, CA

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. 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.”


NASA Kennedy Visitors Center Exhibit October 1 – March 31, 2015

HILLER AVIATION MUSEUM exhibit Oct 14 - Nov 25, 2014


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. 

“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

Image 001Neil 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 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. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wrapped Saturn V Collage

View full rendering here. 

Exploratory drawings showing the “hoops” that would be suspended around the Saturn V without touching the rocket at all.

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 


U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama. (Left) Full scale vertical Saturn V replica. (Right) 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.

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





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

Artist: Julia Daigle, grade 10

Artist: Julia Daigle, grade 10 Title: Eastern Coast of Greenland in low-lying whirlpool of fog

Artist: Nelson Godoy Arriaza, grade 9 Title: Araca River

Artist: Nelson Godoy Arriaza, grade 9
Title: Araca River

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. 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.