The Winfield Public Library will have on display The Dream Rocket Project, July 1-31.
It will feature one hundred fiber panels created by groups and individuals with the theme of “Dare to Dream.” This theme challenges individuals to expand the present state of the world, imagine the future, and their contribution to that future.
The International Fiber Collaborative launched this project in 2009 and was started by Jennifer Marsh, Catron Visiting Artist/Professor of Art at Washburn University. Marsh saw the growing need within her community for supplemental art education for public schools, community art, and an outlet for individuals around the world.
More than 8,000 fiber panels from over 330 cities, 45 states, and 19 countries to date are traveling the country on display at libraries, schools and museums. Their final destination will be to wrap the Saturn V Moon Rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in 2014 creating a monumental 32,000 square foot work of art.
Many have asked “Why the Saturn V Rocket?” The Saturn V Moon Rocket was considered the key to a successful mission and thought to be the most amazing machine built. In order to get to the moon and back safely, over 3,000,000 parts needed to be working. There was no room for error. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s bold vision of “a man on the moon by the end of this decade,” a team of over half a million engineers and technicians from dozens of countries worked around the clock. Their “Impossible Dream” was completed ahead of schedule, under budget and without a single failure. The 38-story Saturn V. Moon Rocket is the perfect venue being an inspiring and tangible reminder that when people from all over the world collaborate on an important mission that nothing is impossible. It proves that any mission can be accomplished, any dream can come true, and any challenge can be met.
Panels can still be created and travel to other cities to be enjoyed before joining the final installation in 2014. The Friends of the Library will create one at the July 12 meeting at 7 p.m. If you or a group is interested in submitting a panel, contact Sue Birney at the Winfield Public Library for further information at 620-221-4470. Check out the Dream Rocket Project Web site at www.thedreamrocket.com.