The announcement was made by Professor Jennifer Marsh, one of the world’s leading figures in collaborative public art.
By May 2010, Marsh plans to have 8,000 panels, created by students and individuals from more than 100 countries, stitched together and installed as a 36,467-square-foot wrap on the huge vertical Saturn V rocket replica located at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
“Anyone can be involved,” said Marsh, who teaches public art at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Each of the panels will express a “dream theme,” representing the dreams of each of the contributing artists from around the world.
Marsh’s corresponding website encourages participants to incorporate dream themes including health, energy, peace, technology, science, community, conservation, poverty and space.
“We want people all over the world to dream those audacious dreams, and to inspire them to make their dreams come true,” said Marsh. “The Dream Rocket will symbolize not only the dreams of individuals, but the power of global collaboration,” she added.
“The Saturn V Moon Rocket itself is the ideal example of achieving a dream that seems impossible,” said Marsh.
“Whether your dream is curing cancer, going to Mars, or ending world hunger, the Saturn V is an inspiring visual reminder that any dream can come true. If we can work together to put a man on the moon, we can do anything,” she added.
David Williams, president of The University of Alabama in Huntsville, praised Marsh for her vision on this project.
“A crucial element of both art and technology is the importance that creativity plays in both disciplines for the benefit of society,” he said.
“We applaud Professor Marsh’s initiative to bring together the dreams of a world through artistic elements and tie those inspirations to one of the most enterprising engineering projects in history,” he added.
The Dream Rocket is a part of the International Fiber Collaborative, a global initiative that gives people the opportunity to collaborate with other communities and countries worldwide on a single mission. (ANI)