@fluttertunnel

Flutter Tunnel is a 1,320 foot-long sculpture made of 100 arches, lit at night by solar-powered flashlights.

We created the first version of the sculpture in the annual Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada in 2009, after being sponsored in part by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization and the Burning Man Arts organization.

We are returning this summer to complete the project again. Our group of twelve friends consists of solar energy experts, installation and media artists, biotech research scientists and non-profit managers. We are as diverse as the general population of Burning Man.

We use unconventional approaches to creating environmentally responsible artwork with enduring social benefits

We Have One Goal

Send 200 solar powered flashlights to Sierra Leone to distribute to rural school children. Flutter Tunnel is the impetus behind this idea. Our approach takes into account the temporary nature of art at Burning Man. After Flutter Tunnel is dismantled, all the steel is returned, while the lights are distributed to students who will truly benefit from them.

We hope to:

Fund Project --> Build --> Share --> Dismantle --> Spread Light

We have completed Flutter Tunnel once in 2009, and it worked great. In partnership with Books for Africa and Schools for Salone we shipped 200 solar flashlights to Maforeka, in Sierra Leone on a shipping container of books.

"Maforeka, SLMB Masanga and SDA Masanga received the solar lights. All sent their thanks and appreciation for the donation to promote the culture of reading by school pupils."

Team

Vincent Appel

Vincent Appel

I am the principal investigator at Medium - a collaborative design studio working on acts of art that masquerade as architecture and vice versa. Themes in Medium's work are material re-use, the unexpected purposing of materials, immaterial performances, and sculptural processes that produce ludic physical and cognitive engagement with audiences.

We are interested in creating spaces, either physical or cognitive, that provoke intentional and unforeseen consequences. Flutter Tunnel fits the bill for this type of engagement. Time to get to work.

Bryan Carpenter

Bryan Carpenter

I am interested in biking, hiking, hammocking, spelunking, frolfing and the outdoors. These all help when constructing large-scale hands-on sculpture. The playa is a rugged and unpredictable environment, and I relish the challenge. I'm also rocking the accounting for the project as an official CPA. Double entry. Got it covered.

Steven J. Dale

Steven J. Dale

I have a background in computer science, music and design, and I want to combine bits from each to explore how sound affects people.

Recently, I've been thinking about how to create a performance/movement experience that conveys feelings of flight and flow through the rhythmic syncing of physical movement to music.

Maybe some elements of this will find its way into Flutter Tunnel....

@lifeinchords projects sounds

Bland Hoke

Bland Hoke

I want to make you wonder. It's not easy when anyone can find answers to today's most pressing questions with an iPhone. Therefore I am interested in making experiential artwork that envelops you, your friends and invites others from a distance. Burning Man is an ideal canvass for this type of work, and Flutter Tunnel takes full advantage of the sprawling opportunity. Prior to this adventure, I was swimming around in academia, learning transdisciplinary design and reinforcing my understanding of systems thinking, and funny long words.

Old work New work

Keziah Jeanne

Keziah Jeanne

My name is Keziah and I am extremely excited to be part of this burning man group. I live in Encinitas and was raised in Idyllwild. I am an artist and will be adorning the Flutter Tunnel camp with all manner of signage and array's of costumes. Lastly, I am one of the three splendid soup ladies.

Rashid Owoyele

Rashid Owoyele

A strong proponent of social justice, Rashid constructed an individualized major in Environmental Ethics + Design at IUPUI's School of Liberal Arts for his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts, while also attaining a minor and certificate of science in Environmental Science and Health in Public Health. Growing up unique in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO (Valley Park) that is now a Superfund Site, then moving to Indianapolis at the age of 13, Rashid pushed the boundaries of social acceptance early in his life.

All things urban are of interest to him and his passion for freestyle dance (drawing from house, liquid, tutting, street jazz, hip hop, voguing, and contemporary forms) makes him very excited to be part of this Burning Man experience with the Flutter Tunnel Installation for his very first burn. He'll be helping out in whatever ways he can, while spreading good vibes and good natured jokes between research/documentation for his thesis project (on community formation and development), and extended stints of sweat-inducing dancing.

In the past, Rashid has been a construction assistant, security officer, milliner, human subject interviewer, research assistant and scholar, dancer/performer, competitive speaker, career coach, and teaching assistant (he also wields a mean hammer, power tool, and/or paintbrush from his varied experience remodeling homes throughout his life).

He really enjoys nature, camping, canoeing, scuba diving, hiking, and experiencing new things while meeting new people. If you don't like big hugs and being picked up off the ground, give him a warning when meeting him in person!

TransDesign blog posts

Will Roscoe

Will Roscoe

I'm fascinated by the factors that influence the rate of innovation so Burning Man draws me in like air to fire. People tell me Burning Man is a steaming vat of new and flourishing ideas.

Growing up huckin' cliffs and slapping pucks in Wyoming prepared me to spend four years learning and subsequently forgetting how to design bridges and foundations in Boston, slave for various energy construction companies, drive Indian nails into my start-up coffin and now to discover ways to install more solar power for less money. I'm so pumped to erect some massive temporary desert energy art that will provide lights for youthful innovation in Africa.

An idea to accelerate innovation Blog Our Energy Future

Desiree Shokooh

Desiree Shokooh

From Laguna Beach Orange County, living in Ocean Beach San Diego. Masters student studying leadership & counseling at USD. Musician since the age of 4, writer & painter, friend & lover.

Jarryd Wafer

Jarryd Wafer

I have been blessed by Jah with the amazing opportunity to journey to the desert and I am unbelievably stoked. I live in a hidden hillside neighborhood in Los Angeles called Laurel Canyon.

I work as a freelance creative from a loft space in Downtown LA with 8 other artists. My primary business is designing + developing websites (primarily front-end UI / UX jazz). My primary passion is painting murals.

Brett Lion Weaver

Brett Lion Weaver

Living in Southern California, I have great appreciation for the luxury of a gifted life. When I have time I surf, play tennis, golf, and snowboard. When given the chance – I travel. Studied biochemistry at UCSD and work in research developing tests for the food safety industry. Creating physical art? Not my forte’. Firsthand I have experienced some the best artworks in the world. To be part of this team and expand upon what I don’t know is a gift I haven’t been handed. I offer an outside perspective to the team .

Hannah Williams

Hannah Williams

I currently work for the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County raising money for their free programs and services. I get satisfaction from finding balance in my day: being productive art work, stepping out of the office to feel the sun on my face, getting on my bike or yoga mat, eating well, and listening to lots of public radio. I will be hosting a ceramics fundraiser to support our project and raise awareness of all the incredible work the non-profit Schools for Salone is doing.

'Ranch Bow' by Ben Roth, Felicia Resor and Bland Hoke

During the summer of 2005, 'Ranch Bow' appeared on the fields of the Snake River Ranch in Jackson WY. Ranch Bow confounded, inspired and provoked residents and tourists of Jackson to question the nature and purpose of the sculpture. Measuring 700 feet long, and 25 feet tall, the installation remained for two months after which it was dismantled and used as fencing.

Ranch Bow is inspired by a subtle curve, such as the earth's curvature or a tensioned fly rod. This curve was determined using computer modeling software and the technical capabilities of Ben Roth. The numbers were then physically plotted with the help of Alex Norton, a seasoned surveyor.

A salvaged cattle grate or two was cut up into anchor pipes and implanted into the ground with a back hoe. Once the materials were ready, Ranch Bow was erected in under an hour. The sheer efficiency of the installation was astounding.

After two months of display, the sucker rod was removed and returned to the Snake River Ranch for fencing. Only 5 rods out of 80 had any significant bend, which was remedied by a custom fabricated 8 foot wrench.

 

Inspiration- Artwork at Burning Man

The artwork created for the annual Burning Man festival transcends art history, contemporary galleries and the vast majority of public sculpture. The artwork invites participants to play, generate roles and interact on levels that are not possible outside the boundaries of the temporary city of 50,000+ people. Historically, structures and sculptures were burned after their short lifespan, celebrating the impermanence of life and experiences.

Flutter Tunnel is inspired by the scale and boundless potential the playa holds for immense installations. We will most likely be on the tame and meditative side, as many works incorporate technical electronics and elaborate systems that push the boundaries of human potential and whimsy. Needless to say, our effort will be well received by the captive audience of art enthusiasts at Burning Man.

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Contact

email : info@fluttertunnel.org

twitter : @fluttetunnel

phone : 307.690.0097