Have you seen this floating island? No really, it's missing. On the last day of the Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire last month, a group of hooligans cut the tethers anchoring it down and let the island float away. Royal College of Art 2011 graduate Sarah Cockings and product designer Laurence Symonds spent 6 months working on the 7 meter floating island structure, so the team is still hoping to locate Is Land, which they estimate to have floated all the way to the Czech Republic. In case you've seen a large helium sculpture covered in greenery, do not hesitate to contact the team who was hoping to take the installation to Black Rock City, Nevada for Burning Man.
Is Land was produced in the Brunel Goods Shed in Stroud, Gloucestershire through the work of a large group of people contributing to its realization. The project required a significant amount of math, physics and creative DIY to get it aloft. Made from a durable polyurethane, Is Land is 7 meters in diameter and covered in decorative foliage. The floating installation is made to seem like a lush utopia floating just above everyone’s reach.
Unfortunately, a group of festers at the Secret Garden Party decided that it shouldn’t be within anyone’s reach. Early on the last day of the festival, witnesses reported seeing a small group of people in a dingy paddle out to the island and cut all five of the installation’s tethers. Free from its earthly restraints, the island took flight and disappeared. The Is Land team worked with local airports and the UK Civil Aviation Authority in hopes of locating the structure. Based on wind patterns and weather for the following days, the team estimated that Is Land should have landed somewhere in the Czech Republic.
Any information to the whereabouts of the island’s final resting place would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the Is Land team here. The durable polyurethane structure can easily be repaired for use again with the hopes that the team can take Is Land with them to Burning Man in Black Rock City in a month’s time.
Images ©Is Land, Dan Dennison, Danny North, and Nick Caro