New York may have its Empire State building, Paris, its Eiﬀel Tower, D.C. its Washington Monument, but Huntsville, Alabama can lay claim to the Saturn V Moon Rocket, an exact replica of the vessel that took man to the moon.
ABC’s Good Moring America recently named it “One of America’s Seven Wonders,” but Huntsville residents already considered it so. Almost anywhere you live in this southern gem of a city, you can see the rocket spiring toward the heavens. Come May 2010, their view of the Saturn V, as well as the rest of the world’s, will be colorized by inspiration from what may be the world’s largest collaborative quilt cover (36,467 square feet).
Jennifer Marsh, a professor at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, is directing a monumental project to “wrap” the 37- story Saturn V at the U.S Space & Rocket Center with a quilt comprised of 8,000 handmade panels from students, teachers and individuals from more than 100 countries. The actual “wrapping” will be a spectacle involving cranes as well as a helicopter. The panels represent each participant or group’s dream for a better tomorrow, using dream themes such as Science, Community, Health, Technology, Space, Conservation and Peace. The objective of the project is to inspire people through art that a better future demands education and collaboration. And since all of this is happening in Sew Beautiful’s own backyard, the magazine is of course contributing as a donor/sponsor by funding the cost of e Dream Rocket display at e U.S. Space and Rocket Center and promoting the project in hopes of generating as many participants as we can from the SB sewing family.
“The Saturn V Moon Rocket is the ideal example of achieving a dream that was considered impossible,” said Marsh, who is also founder of the International Fiber Collaborative. “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.” –SB