Watch our documentary video of Project Pinwheel:

The Pinwheel Project


Featured in the Providence Monthly!

06/12/2012 12:28

Click the link below to view our interview with Vicki Warner of Providence Monthly!


Crowd Control: RISD students prepare to wow the legions at Burning Man

New Member!

06/07/2012 15:31

We would like to officially welcome out new member Alex Lee to the Project Pinwheel Team!

Alex is also a freshman at the Rhode Island School of Design and is majoring in Film and Video, and will be contributing his high spirits, spacial thinking and cinematography skills to the project. Alex will also be taking over the shooting and producing of the Project Pinwheel Documentary from Denali Schmidt, who unfortunately cannot join us for the rest of our project due to personal obligations, but will be offering her support from home in New Mexico as we start the next phase of our project. We are very excited to have Alex on board and we look forward to beginning construction of the Art Car soon!

What Happened at the Pinwheel Workshop

06/07/2012 15:27

Last Wednesday Josh Shiau held an workshop at the Chelmsford Public Library presenting the project and helping participants make their own pinwheels. We saw people of all ages and occupations come in and share their creativity and personal stories, making for a great summer kickoff for Project Pinwheel!

We have a total of 10 pinwheels come in from the event and a generous donation of $200 from the Chelmsford Friends of the Library.

All the pinwheels from this event will be posted on the site soon!

May 31 Pinwheel Making Event! Chelmsford, MA

05/30/2012 20:53


*Art Workshop for Adults* -* *Project Pinwheel*
 *with Joshua Shiau from the Rhode Island School of Design*
 *Thursday, May 31, at 7:00 p.m.*

*A chance for your art to attend the Burning Man Festival in the **Black
 Rock** Desert this August!

 *Josh will be in the Chelmsford Public Library in Massachusetts tomorrow

 from 7 to 9 giving a short presentation on how far the project has come and
 our new team, as well as supplying tools and materials with which to make
 your own pinwheels with!


"We are looking for experienced and novice artists to design pinwheels.
 Your pinwheel will become part of a giant Art Car - “Pinwheel Project” -

 that will travel to the *Burning Man Festival 2012*. Create your pinwheel

 and then track its path online as it travels across country to participate
 in the 2012 Burning Man Festival. Craft materials and templates will be
 supplied at the Library workshop on May 31st; feel free to bring flat,
 lightweight objects from home to embellish your pinwheel. More details at"

First Found Object Video!

05/30/2012 14:06

See Genevieve talk about our first find!

Make Big Dreams!

04/28/2012 11:23

Make Big Dreams is awarding $3000 in prizes to 5 student winners. Everyone is invited to come to the event and tickets for voting will be given the first 100 people. Each ticket counts as vote for the prize winners. Find out more.

RISD Make Big Dreams is student-run and sponsored by RISD Career Services, Center for Student Involvement, Resident Life Office, and RISD Dining.


Come visit us in the Upper Quad at RISD-
talk to the team
see the prototype
vote for us to help us win $1000 for a trailer and more supplies!

PLUS get the lo-down on all RISD Enturepreneur Projects!

Project Pinwheel's got a bit of wind!

04/13/2012 17:26

Last night at 7 pm Pacific our project went into the review process at the Burning Man DMV. The board reviews the applications proposing mutant vehicles to ensure that they match up to the expectations of burning man-- community, creativity, sustainability.

We rocked it!

Next we show it off to their DMV Hotties in person once we get to the Playa to confirm safety and eccentricity.

The official words that brought us so much joy:
"This is an invitation to bring your Mutant Vehicle to Burning Man 2012 for on-playa inspection.."

Recieved $3,600 from Kickstarter campaign!

04/13/2012 17:24

The cash has come through! We have received the money we raised through our Kickstarter campaign.

Invited as Guest Artists!

04/09/2012 10:30

We have been invited by OLAS (Old Library Art Studio) to be their guest artists during the Autumn Art Loop 2012!


03/27/2012 09:45

We are now 105% funded! Thank you to everyone who has supported us, through pledging, feedback, or telling others about our project!

In the RISD News

03/27/2012 09:43

We were recently featured on the RISD website! Check out the story here:

 Making a Mutant Vehicle 

On Facebook and in the News

03/03/2012 11:37

We now have a  Facebook page ! Like us and share your thoughts. 

Also, look for Josh's interview on the front page of the Chelmsford Independent newspaper!

Over 50% Funded!

03/03/2012 11:35

Thanks to our backers, our project is now 56% funded! We are so grateful for all the support we have received so far.

Kickstarter up and running!

02/20/2012 09:43

Last night we pressed the launch button and made our project live on kickstarter!

You can check it out at:

Kickstarter Proposal Accepted!

02/16/2012 00:20

We are on our way! Kickstarter accepted our application to be on their site, so prepare yourself world- WE'RE COMMING, AND WE'RE COMMING IN STYLE!

Kickstarter Proposal Submitted!

02/11/2012 10:00

After weeks of preperation, today we submitted our Kickstarter proposal! Kickstarter is a website that allows people to share their project ideas with the world and allows viewers to pledge money to help fund the project. When approves us, we'll be able to raise money for construction and transportation costs!

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