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 19 countries, 48 states and 377 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.
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
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.”
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
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 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
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
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 School. Read more. VIEW VIDEO
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