The “Mothership Space Net Penthouse” is an impressive, intricate, and sheerly wacky installation hovering at 400 feet above the Utah desert in Moab, USA. Hand-knitted from 14,000 feet of colorful cordage, the spider web-like art-piece was installed over a three-day period during the Thanksgiving week of 2014 by the “Moab Monkeys.”
The Utah-based intrepid group of filmmakers, highliners, BASE jumpers, rock climbers, and other volunteers, was spearheaded by 31-year-old slackliner Andy Lewis.
“I calculated the approximate size I wanted the net to be (about 2,000 square feet) and acquired the proper materials to build it. This took a few years as well considering that every piece involved needed to be extremely strong, redundant and therefore expensive. Since the moment the last of the pieces arrived on my doorstep I’ve literally had help every step of the way to complete this truly monstrous project,” explains Andy Lewis.
Since 2014, thrill-seeking visitors from around the world have been flocking to Utah to bungee from the world’s scariest aerial hammock, slipping through a hole in the pentagon-shaped net’s epicenter. Adrenaline junkies have to first walk a 200 feet long rope to get down to the hammock before they land on the ground using parachutes.
Walking from mountain to mountain over the net’s sprawling support ropes offers visitors breathtaking elevated views of Moab’s Mars-like landscape which by itself is a mesmerizing experience.
Lewis and his friends still meet in Utah every Thanksgiving seeking new ways of getting their yearly fix during the annual Turkey BASE Boogie and GGBY (Gobble Gobble Bitches Yeah) Highline Gathering.
Kimberly and Ryan Jenks, who are both professional slackliners, fell in love at a slackline event held in Moab and they are among the couples who chose to “tie the knot” at the “Mothership Space Net Penthouse.”