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YOUTH EDUCATIONAL SPACESHIP PROJECT IN LAS VEGAS
November 15, 2013 @ 8:00 am - February 10, 2014 @ 5:00 pm| Free
Las Vegas, NV – The Youth Educational Spaceship (Y.E.S.) project has landed in Las Vegas! Y.E.S. is a mobile spaceship classroom built from repurposed and found objects by artist Dana Albany, together with kids from San Francisco’s Tenderloin and Hunters Point neighborhoods.
Y.E.S. can be found at Zappos Headquarters, 400 Stewart Ave, Las Vegas, Nevada.
About the Y.E.S. Project
The project began with the construction of a beautifully crafted steel frame, 12’ in diameter and 11’ tall with an acrylic observation dome on top. Then a mesh and fiberglass shell created a blank canvas for children and community members to collectively create a mosaic, spaceship shell out of repurposed materials. There is a hatch that opens and whimsical stairs that allow visitors to enter the spacecraft’s interior. Inside, a TV monitor is installed with interchanging videos of space education, travel and a film directed by youth that captures “what life is like on Earth” from a child’s perspective. There is a fog machine, soundscape, vibration interface and an LED light installation with the capacity to run 130 different light sequences, as well as an interactive monitor/camera, a robotic microphone voice adaptation and a unique, interactive space control panel.
Children from the Tenderloin, Bayview/Hunter’s Point Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco were given the opportunity to help create a spacecraft under the guidance of many artists skilled in several disciplines. During the course of three months, the children made model spaceships and created mosaic stars and imaginary planets out of recycled glass, mirror, tiles, and repurposed objects collected at Recology and Building Resources. Their work adorns the exterior of the spacecraft. At the Crucible, the kids learned how to make fused glass tiles and the art of glass sand-casting, which has been installed in the interior. During the formation of the spacecraft they were engaged in discussions about recycling, creative reuse, environmentalism, solar energy, LED lighting, photography, soundscape creation, robotics, space travel and astronomy.
Y.E.S. will continue to travel serving as a future model of a mobile classroom for science and art education. It will dock at schools, art and science centers, museums and playgrounds.
The project has been made possible by the generous support, funding and sponsorship from Burning Man Project, Black Rock Arts Foundation, Black Rock City, LLC, the Exploratorium, Maker’s Faire, the Crucible and private donors.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/YouthEducationalSpacecraftProject