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Proposal and plans for a project funded by the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and supported by Saw Gallery in Ottawa and Articule in Montreal.
Geostationary Banana Over Texas is an art intervention that involves placing a gigantic banana over the Texas sky. This object will float between the high atmosphere and Earth’s low orbit, being visible only from the state of Texas and its surroundings. From the ground the banana will be clearly recognizable and visible day and night; it will stay up for approximately one month.
The banana will be constructed like a blimp. Filled with helium, it will float between 30 and 50 km up in the sky. It will have a semi-rigid structure made of bamboo and a skin made with synthetic paper. Thanks to an extra load in gas and a valve system, it will keep its shape at all times. The final size of the piece will be 300 metres in length. The expected launching date is August 2008 from around Baja or Sonora, northwest of Mexico. The total cost of this project is estimated at one million dollars.
The project has passed preliminary developments and at the moment is in the final phase of its engineering stage.
We urgently need
- Engineers knowledgeable on bamboo structures
- Scientists experimenting with inertia propulsion
- Airship engineers for envelope design and production
- Mathematicians, cultural critics
- A construction site in Sonora, north of Mexico
- People to translate mail in Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, German
- People with administrative and fundraising experience
- Or, any other skills you find relevant to the realization of this production
Armature Tell us how you can help email@example.com Full details can be seen at geostationarybananaovertexas.com Click here to read an update on the Geostationary Banana Over Texas