Despite the recent cancellation of NASA's shuttle program, some people still have their minds set on space. This past Saturday, scores of Rhode Islanders traveled to the annual Wooly Fair arts festival to explore how local artists have transformed an old industrial steel yard into a space-themed galactic spectacle, exploding with creativity. We scoped it out, pleased to note the many space pods (and space people) adorned with recycled materials. Check out the gallery to experience all the cosmic sights we saw, ranging from the highly technical to the thought-provoking to the completely outrageous.
An astronomical amount of the space pods and costumes were crafted from recycled materials. One pod was filled with papier-mache moon rocks that emitted an unearthly glow at night. There was even an astronaut in attendance, dressed the part with metallic ductwork covering his arms and legs. However, the green highlight of the event was that many of the pods and booths were either solar or bike-powered. In fact, a late night dance party in the fair’s geodesic dome was largely powered by bicycles in a nearby space pod.
Now that the fair has passed, Wooly is looking for permanent homes for the 21 pods. And yes – the homes will be on earth.