Rose Brand Stone Molding Cloth Used For Tiki Island Art Project at Burning Man

The new article on the Rose Brand blog features Molding Cloth – an aluminum backed, paintable, reusable fabric that enables scenic artists to easily and quickly build hard scenery pieces that look like real stone, trees, earth, snow and more.  The new article describes how stone molding cloth was featured at this year's Burning Man in Black Rock City, NV.

The product was used to create a rock skirt around the perimeter of a Tiki Island art project at the festival. Art project head, Donald Cassel of the Tiki Island Playa Surfers, and his crew started work on the Tiki Island float just 4 days prior to the event. Although they didn't have prior experience with Molding Cloth, everyone quickly became experts on how to use it. 

Donald came up with a fantastic method for creating a durable skirt by hanging rebar over the edges of the island. Then, some chicken wire was placed on top to add some structural integrity over the voids between the rebar supports. This aided against periodic gusts of winds that were encountered from being out on The Playa Desert. Before laying the molding cloth overtop the chicken wire, the crew pushed and pulled randomly along the perimeter to create some natural facets/contours for the cloth to lie against. This allowed the molding cloth to obtain a more realistic final shape. The bottoms of the rebars were then fitted with small pieces of wood so that the Brusan Stone skirt could be stapled securely in place. The staples were all that was needed to hold the molding cloth in place all week thanks to its lightweight consistency.   

Overall there were multiple benefits for using the Brusan Molding Cloth. The main characteristics of the molding cloth's functionality and easy bendability allowed for accessibility to the main compartments of Tiki Island for easy operation. Also, there were no additional supports needed because the cloth was able to hold its intended structure. The material was quick and painless for the crew to use and the outcome of the float was realistic and impactful to the Burning Man community.  Who would imagine you'd stumble upon a giant 3 story tall 50 ft. wide Tiki Island in the middle of the desert!

The above article and more can be found on The Rose Brand blog