About the Solarium Edit
The Solarium was an art project built for Burning Man 2011. It was a 7 foot tall domed structure that participants were able to enter and sit within. At night, it displayed a continuous sunrise/daytime/sunset/nighttime cycle against the inside ceiling of the structure every nine minutes. During the day solar panels will recharged deep cycle batteries that powered the LED light show.
See the full schedule on this Google Spreadsheet
The Solarium is made up of 6 major components:
Solarium administration includes interacting with the Burning Man Foundation, working on fundraising and keeping track of progress being made.
More on the Admin page
- Kickstarter site
More on the Fundraising Page
The power system includes:
- Solar cells
- A charge controller
- Deep cycle batteries
- DC to DC converters.
This component delivers a reliable 5V @ 30A of power to the project.
More on the Power page
The electronic system includes:
- All LEDs used to light the inside of the dome
- All LEDs on the outside used to make the Solarium visible at night
- PCB boards
- Effects controller
This component creates the daily cycle of the sun within the Solariuim
More on the Electronics page
The programming component includes all the code needed to run the Solarium light show.
More on the Programming page
The structural system includes:
- The cylindrical wooden base
- The 3 frequency conduit dome
- Any structure necessary to house or support the solar cells
This component creates the physical structure of the Solarium
More on the Structure page
The coverings component includes:
- The fitted tarpaulin dome covering
- Guy line coverings
- Interior dome lining
- Door covering
- Interior wall and floor coverings
This component makes the structure water and wind resistant, provides a 'screen' for the LED light effect on the inside and a level of comfort for people inside.
More on the Coverings page