First appearing on Design Boom, for this edition of burning man — kicking off on August 28th and running until September 5, 2016 — big imagination foundation, a nonprofit organisation that fuels innovative creative projects, has erected the ‘747 project’ after seven years in the making. marking the biggest art car in the history of burning man, the converted jumbo jet invites festival goers on an interactive and symbolic journey to transform their futures. a program of speakers, events and parties on board relate to the overarching to the theme of powerful dreams, purposeful destinations and big imaginations.
With the theme of artistry and technical innovation in mind, big imagination and its volunteer team of more than 100 makers, creators, artists and engineers embarked on a crowdfunding campaign to help fund the ‘747 project’. using the money raised, the team gutted, reconstructed, extended, and reinforced the plane, while refurbishing the cockpit and installing new staircases. finally, the wing landing gear and upper half of the plane has been prepped for transport from the Mojave desert, where it was built, to Nevada — where both sections have been bolted together to create a massive rolling art experience.
Have you seen this incredible lighting show inside a converted passenger jet?
To help extend the ‘747 project’ beyond burning man, big imagination is creating an online virtual reality experience that people can access in a variety ways, including using google cardboard. throughout the duration of the festival and beyond, the plane will serve as a venue, showcase, and incubator for music, art, live performances, experiences, and inspirational talks.