This is Aerocene: Fossil and Emissions-Free Floating Sculptures.
Aerocene is a multi-disciplinary project that foregrounds the artistic and scientific exploration of environmental issues. In the wake of the Anthropocene, Aerocene proposes a new epoch, one of atmospherical and ecological consciousness, where we together learn how to float and live in the air, and to achieve an ethical collaboration with the environment.
Fly around the world, free from borders, free from fossil fuels.
Comprised of a dedicated and diverse global community, Aerocene is an open platform which activities manifest in the development and testing of fossil and emissions-free sculptures floating in the air, in the distribution of open-source floating kits (Aerocene Explorer) and in the organisation of exhibitions, discussions and publications.
Aerocene sculptures become buoyant by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth and floats without burning fossil fuels, without using solar panels and batteries, and without helium, hydrogen and other rare gases.
Inflated only by air, lifted only by the sun, carried only by the wind, towards a sustainable future.
Aerocene is made possible by the Aerocene Foundation, a non-for-profit organisation devoted to support interdisciplinary artistic endeavours that seek to devise, experiment and distribute new modes of creativity and knowledge for better futures.
THE AEROCENE EXPLORER
a backpack that can teach you how to fly.
The Aerocene Explorer is your personal tool for solar-powered atmospheric exploration: a tethered-flight starter kit offering a new way to sense the environment. Enclosed in a portable backpack is everything you need to float an Explorer sculpture and start exploring the skies.
Designed to engage participants in thinking-through- making activity, stimulate imagination and creativity, and impart information about solar balloon flight, thermodynamic physics, meteorological science, and art practices in a multidisciplinary way, the Explorer allows participants to draw signatures in, of and with the air, declaring independence from fossil fuels.
Like all Aerocene sculptures, the Explorer lifts off ground only using the heat from the sun, and floats without burning fossil fuels, helium, and other rare gases.
AEROCENE HUMAN FLIGHT
On November 8 2015, the “D-O AEC” lifted up 7 passengers without any propane, hovering for about 2 hours & 55 minutes achieving two world records of the first and longest manned aerosolar flight