SPACECATS: a 2022 Burning Man art project

▲ click play to meet the project ▲ // check out our merch here =^.^=

Spacecats originally debuted at Burning Man in 2016 as a memorial to all beloved pets who have departed our earthly realm.

Each year, the event prominently features a temple space for participants to grieve, release, and heal; to our knowledge, Spacecats was the first project to provide an arena that specifically pays tribute to pets.

Heartfelt response inspired its return in 2017, and this year's 3rd iteration of Spacecats will spectacularly expand for its final flight path:

The crew of interstellar animals is growing from 3 members to 20, and their rocket from 40ft² to 400ft²! Hissss-torically serving as a vehicle for participants to transmit sweet messages to their furry friends in the sky, preceding rockets reached their capacities for inscriptions at the event.

This year, “The Mothership” is growing to provide all 70,000 attendees with an opportunity to contribute and interact. It will be a fully-outfitted, boardable vessel, featuring human-sized cat climbers, viewing ports, a navigation console, and many more treats!!

The Mothership will be safely burned on-site (7:35pm on Friday, September 2nd), giving this project’s series finale the proper send-off it deserves! ฅ^•ﻌ•^ฅ

Prefabrication is well underway in Chicago, but with the price of fuel today, it’ll take a NASA-sized budget for Spacecats to fully launch! Our $20,000 crowdfunding goal will be allocated toward these approximated expense CATegories:

• Transportation – ($10,000)
• Rocket Fabrication // Lumber – ($9,000)
• Figure Fabrication // Costumes – ($7,000)
• Warehouse Rental – ($3,500)
• Rocket Interior – ($3,000)
• Lighting // Solar Power – ($2,000)
• Leave No Trace // Burn Safety – ($1,500)
• Tools // Consumables – ($1,000)

All art at Burning Man is generously gifted to the participants, by the participants— inspired purely by connection and creativity! Months and sometimes years of effort are donated by the creative teams who make Burning Man's yearly event the cultural metropolis that it is.

Your financial support makes this magic possible and will help Spacecats on its 4,000-mile round trip orbit one last time!

For those who want to help Spacecats honor the animals that enrich human life, or to participate directly (even from afar), Spacecats supporters are invited to:

  • Commemorate companions with a name engraving on The Mothership (all species welcome)
  • Commission a Spacecat figure to be modeled after your Purrrson (limited availability)
  • Claim some custom Spacecats merch to bring a piece of the project home

=^ᨐ^= Visit our shop to learn more! =^ᨐ^=

Spacecats is deeply grateful for the many crew members, volunteers, donors, consultants, and participants who have contributed over the years. Thank you all so much for helping us along our journey, and for making this beautiful blastoff possible. It really means the whole galaxy to us… ♡

FOLLOW OUR PROGRESS ON INSTAGRAM @SpacecatsBRC

Meet the 2022 Human Crew (so far):

Ayda Keshtkar
Aimee Rusch
Alex “Aloe” Aguilar
Andres Sesma
Austin Heredia
Brendan “Blove” Freaney
Brendan “Bdub” Welsh
Kate Puckett
Kurt Collins
Leila Ryndak
Mack Constantine
Natalie Zuber




















Meet the 2022 Animal Crew (all modeled after real, departed pets):

Spacecats
Captain Stargo
Ambassador Floyd
Commander Q
Lieutenant Nishi
General Benedict
Justice Terra
Minister Mooshi
Chairman Choc
Pathfinder Furby
Guardian Sugarwolf

Spacedogs
Colonel Puddin'
Major Wilbur

Spacerats
Lord Lunch
Baroness Brunch
Marchioness Midnight Snack



3 Unclaimed Spacecats Remaining
title options with purrrsonality to consider if you'd like to commission your very own Spacecat:


Admiral
Advisor
Astrosentinel
Cadet
Commissioner
Counselor
Diplomat
Emissary
Etherengineer
Flightmaster
Grand Inquisitor
Launcher
Legionnaire
Marshal
Navigator
Officer
Orbitallion
Partisan
Pilot
Sargeant
Technician
Translator
  • Jessi Fehrenbach 
    • $50 
    • 6 hrs
  • Stefanie Bassler 
    • $20 
    • 7 hrs
  • Grand Camel 
    • $50 
    • 1 d
  • Cynthia J Jones 
    • $75 
    • 3 d
  • Bobby Mariappuram 
    • $100 
    • 3 d
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Organizer

Spacecats Crew 
Organizer
Chicago, IL