Alexander Shtanuk : The Blanket

As the Burning Man Artistic Festival comes to a close, look back on one of the proposals that, even though it has not been realized, has made a lot of talk about it this year: The blanket, from the Russian architect Alexander Shtanuk. A gigantic rippling canopy made of 3 350 survival blankets. An installation out of limit, like the event.

Each year, the desert of Black Rock, Nevada, (USA) ignites during the Burning Man festival. Ten days of festivities and artistic performances, where the wonder is matched only by the eccentricity of its participants. A thirty-year event whose growing reputation pushes the race to gigantism. So the architect Alexander Shtanuk proposed the XXL adaptation of his soberly titled work The blanket - "couverture" in French -, performed on a smaller scale during the Land Art Archstoyanie Festival in Russia.
For Burning Man, he thus proposes the installation of a huge square canvas of 100 meters aside, consisting of 3 350 pieces of covers - 2,1 meters by 1,6 - enhanced by 40 miles of adhesive tape. The device would fly to the winds in this vast arid plain of Nevada, only retained by a backhoe loader and some anchoring points on the ground. A wave of metallic twinkling, like a nod to the lake that took place there a few thousand years ago. The realization, in addition to reflecting the sun, would also aim to protect users from its radiation - the silver side of the blocking 97% of the light radiation by spraying aluminum on a plastic layer of a few microns thickness.

Unfortunately, the goal of 17 500 dollars - a little over 15 000 euros - set during the crowdfunding campaign has not been achieved and the project will remain in the boxes ... until when?

Photographs: Alexander Shtanuk

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