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A Tail of A Whale

A Tail of A Whale

The Build has begun!

This past week has seen massive strides for The Space Whale crew. After several delays in shipping we finally acquired all necessary parts for our CNC lathe and were able to start production of the steel spheres for the whale's super structure. 

The lathe is able to fabricate a single steel ball every five minutes, and in only a few hours was able to produce enough material for the whale's fluke. Each sphere corresponds with a single point in the CAD model of The Space Whale, and is positioned using a system of lasers and a giant grid painted on the floor of the warehouse.

Between each sphere, steel rods are welded to form the triangles that make up the whale's form. Once the structure of the whale is completed, each outer triangle will hold one of the beautiful stained glass panels that skin the sculpture.

With over 3,000 triangles to weld for The Space Whale's structure by summer, the initial process seemed fairly slow and tedious. But after a few days of experimenting and honing in our method, the fluke is taking shape and we are falling in love with our sculpture!

Amidst the metal working there's been been a constant flurry of planning and purchasing that's kept us ever on our toes and in need of continued fundraising. Many of you, our friends and followers, have donated to the project this month and all this progress is in thanks to our amazing community!

Thanks for reading and supporting our dream!

-The Pier Group


Want a closer look?

Now that the build is underway we are welcoming volunteers to join in at The Generator in Sparks, NV. Whether you are a welder, photographer, cook or any other kind of creator- email us at to learn more about volunteering with The Pier Group!

Ground Control to Major Tom...

Ground Control to Major Tom...

Greetings from The Pier Crew!

Check check.... Hello world! Our build space here in Sparks, Nevada is electric with excitement right now as we set up shop for The Space Whale.

In the past few weeks we have gathered our project leads to discuss the construction timeline and fundraising goals, rewired entire parts of The Generator Inc. to fit our power needs, installed some of our main fabrication equipment and begun test welding for the internal super structure of the whales. Long nights, large pizzas and loud music have taken over the warehouse once more and we couldn't be more thrilled to be riding this first big wave of motivation.

BIG NEWS: Our fundraising lead Lindsay  and local production company Fresh Bakin' were at long last able to announce our massive Spring event with Skrillex, and positive press has been swirling all around the web about this show. Sonny Moore has given his time so graciously to our efforts and we could not be more excited about bringing this collaboration to Reno on May 27th! Tickets are flying fast for this one but can still be scooped up at

Back at the build space things have been heating up as well. Our CNC lathe has proven to be a bit of a challenge, requiring several new specialized parts and a lot of love from our fabrication lead Andy.  In addition to prepping machinery, an enormous grid had to be stenciled on the floor of our construction space to help measure the length and angle of each and every metal bar comprising the whales' structure.

Lead artist Matt and our core group of builders are now working around the clock as physical construction begins. The Space Whale's debut install at Burning Man 2016 is only four months away!