UPDATE: The 747 Project may have been a bit ambitious after all. Burning Man attendees have reached out to Magnetic Magazine to inform us that the art car ended up looking more like this:
Burning Man has always rode the fine line between enlightenment and decadence, but this year its organizers might be leaning toward the latter. Last week they unveiled a 24/7 live stream of the transformational festival, and now it's come out that a brand new art car billed The 747 Project is an honest-to-god jumbo jet.
The "largest moving art experience ever made" is the product of a team of mechanics, architects and welders assembled by The Big Imagination, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that "incubates brave new ideas and talent." The interior of the abandoned 1985 Boeing 747 jumbo jet has been tricked out like a nightclub, and part of the experience is some kind of baggage tag social experiment - because you know, these are Burners we're talking about.
The project was crowdfunded via Indiegogo, which as of this writing reports that over $86,000 has been raised towards that end - 137% of the original goal. While this year's "man build" is rumored to be monumental in and of itself, what The Big Imagination has put together for The 747 Project seems like a Burning Man milestone nonetheless.
Check out a full gallery of concept sketches, renders and photos below:
...And here's some post and mid-production video: