Saturday, October 19, 2013

Donation Rewards!

The donation rewards are being prepared and should be mailed out before New Years.  I'm waiting working on a simple design with a graphic designer that I hired on  We're coming up with a cool design for the T-shirts.  In the mean time, I'm printing the magnets and preparing the playa dust!  Sorry for the delay!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cargo Drop at Figment Festival

I believe we'll be bringing Cargo Drop to Figment Festival at Clark Park in West Philadelphia on October 6.  This is an opportunity to come check out the piece if you haven't seen it at Freeform or at Burning Man.  This will likely be the last time we display Cargo Drop, so come check it out.  Figment seems like it will be a lot of fun!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Photos from Burning Man 2013

Thanks to everyone who helped make Cargo Drop a success.  Here's some photos taken by Bunker at Black Rock City!  Thanks especially to the Cargo Drop team, Lana Kaminker, Tim Ahern, Bunker Seyfert, Corey Jacobs, Noelle Kandigian, and Evan Nie!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Donate to Cargo Drop!

To go with this year's theme of 'Cargo Cult' the Wobble Family from Philadelphia is shipping some crates of magic and mystery over the lands and oceans. But they need your assistance to finish construction and buy jet fuel for this "CARGO DROP"! These life size crates have something inside. Something our team from across the USA has been working on for months; raiding thrift stores, digging through dumpsters, soldering LEDs and putting together puppets. There is another world to discover inside these boxes! Please donate to help us finish the project and get it across the country to Burning Man. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cargo Drop is nearly finished!  All that's left to do is some last minute touches, and then we pack it on the shipping container and hope it gets to the Playa on time!

You can still help us cover the cost of this project.  Please donate on the right side of this page, and check out the donation rewards.  We're super thankful to all the people that have already donated, and we can't wait to see you in Black Rock City.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Resource Exchange

While looking for recycled lumber from local theater companies, I found out about a company in Philadelphia called The Resource Exchange.  They collect lightly used lumber, and anything else from theater companies and other sources, and sell it at high discounts.  It's a great place to get cheap supplies for art projects, and they have a ton of other awesome stuff as well.  They had office supplies, fabric, lighting, lumber, and all kinds of trinkets.  Check it out, they're located at 2829 Cedar St Philadelphia, PA 19134.

We got several 2x4s, 3 sheets of 3/8ths plywood, and some 2x3s, all for under 30 bucks.  They let us use their tools to cut everything down so it would fit in my car.  I was amazed at how much cool stuff they had inside, and also at how cheap it was.  I would have spent twice as much getting the lumber new, and the appearance doesn't detract from the project, so this was a great option for us. I'm definitely planning on using this service again in the future.

Here's a quick walkthrough:

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cargo Drop at Freeform Festival

Freeform Festival was this weekend, and we debuted Cargo Drop!  It seemed like people really responded to the project and enjoyed it.  People played with the parachute, and liked the interior of the box.  Some people walked right by, but I think it really rewarded the curious participants.  Here's a video, and some pictures!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Moab box finished!

The construction of the little sister box has been complete and awaits airlift from Moab, UT.  Destination: somewhere, playaville.  The 2'x2'x2', 3 hatch, batter powered, doorbell activated, mystery box has been finished and electrified.

The total cost was $150 with generous donations of reused wood, thrift store credit and borrowed tools (realistic cost if no one in the world shared would be closer to $300).  Upon arrival to Burning Man it will just need a little dusting, some last minute repatching and an attachment of a parachute and rebar.  Other then that the box is ready to go and could be as easy to setup as connecting the battery and locking the top hatch. 

All LEDs were wired on a massive parallel circuit stretching around all sides of the box with a doorbell button to activate the circuit.  The doorbell allows users to turn on all the interior lights and when released the circuit is automatically broken and power saved.  The original idea of buttons under each flap, activating individual circuits proved to be too fragile after tests at Building Man in Green River Utah.  I'm especially excited with the newest LED addition of rainbow color changing & flashing LEDs. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Last work Weekend until Freeform Festival - Saturday

This is the last weekend that I have to work on the Cargo Drop project before Freeform Festival.  Tim ran into some trouble with his bus and couldn't make it down today.  I build the remaining three walls with the puppet mounts and got started on the roof.  I also cut out some swinging doors in the walls.  Lana cut some fabric to cover the inside walls and the back of the doors so that people won't get splinters on the door.  Tomorrow I want to finish the roof, install eyehooks for the parachute, and start working on the interior decorations.    Here's some a video and some pictures.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sketch of Cargo Drop!

I tried to sketch the project with a cross section to give an idea of the inside/outside of the project.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cargo Drop for Freeform Festival - Construction has begun!

Construction of the Cargo Drop box for Freeform Festival has begun.  We got a $500 grant to bring our Cargo Drop puppet theater to Freeform Festival in NJ.  I was fortunate to be able to get most all of the wood that I've used so far for free.  I used some scrap from friends, and my landlord donated a bunch of lumber.  I started by constructing the interior frame, and each wall will be built separately so they can be transported easily.  The interior frame will be assembled on site.  I still need to finish this one wall, and build 3 more walls, and add head hole doors.  Also, the Great Quentini gave me about 12 puppets to choose from for the interior of our project.  Things are coming along!

The other 3 sides will have walls like this.  The puppets will be attached to the inside of the wall, and a head-flap will be installed to blend in with the box's walls, but reveal the puppet theater inside.