HOW IT BEGAN
Christopher Bouton went to Burning Man for the first time in 2014 and fell in love with the event. The sense of openness, creativity and expansiveness at Burning Man is something that can only be described by experiencing it.
To give back to community that he fell in love with, he decided to build an art car. He wanted to build something unlike anything that he had seen on the playa. Something that contrasted with the stark landscape of the playa but something that also evoked a sense of technology, futurism and abstracted art. ForestHouse is what he designed.
ForestHouse is owned and operated by SystemHou.se, a design / build firm located in Newburyport, MA.
Owner & Chief Designer
Dr. Bouton received his BA in Neuroscience (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. Dr. Bouton is the CEO of both Vyasa Analytics and SystemHou.se (the company that owns and operates ForestHou.se). Previously Dr. Bouton was the CEO of Entagen a software company founded in 2008, that provided innovative Big Data products including Extera and TripleMap. Entagen's technologies won numerous awards including the "Innovative Technology of the Year Award for Big Data" from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council in 2012 and Entagen was recognized as a Gartner "Cool Vendor" in the Life Sciences in 2013. Entagen was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2013. Dr. Bouton is an author on over a dozen scientific papers and book chapters and his work has been covered in a number of industry news articles.
Tom Stringham is the Chief Engineer at SystemHou.se and leads the ForestHou.se engineering team. For Tom, pretty much anything is possible and ForestHouse is a testament to that. When Chris told Tom about wanting to build "large abstracted tree forms that light up from the inside in sync with a 50,000 watt sound system..." Tom said, "Yup, we can do that." :) Tom and Chris turn out to also be brothers in law.