Trailer Park: A Mobile Public Park
Trailer Park, A Mobile Public Park is a portable, natural public park housed inside a 14' x 8’ x 7' mobile V-nose construction trailer.
The exterior is a hard metal shell. The interior is fully planted as a "real" public park. Hand-laid brick planter beds are complemented by masonry laid in the same tradition as public parks. Concrete and wooden benches invite visitors to rest and enjoy the park view. The naturalistic stone water-fall fish pond provide soothing water while skylights and windows provide rays of light beaming in, kissing the interior.
The plants in Trailer Park are living natives including mosses, succulents, grasses, miniature trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Trailer Park was conceived as a response to the vexing question of how to bring more nature into the urban environment, "as-is". Trailer Park tentatively asks and answers the vexing question, "where will we go when there is no more nature?".
Trailer Park is the culmination of inquiries into public art, environmental science, landscape design and is an open question concerning the future of nature in the urban environment. Laboratory, living ecosystem, mode of transportation, transcendent experience, work of public art and mobile healing garden; all wrapped up in one singular work.
Trailer Park explores the intersections of sustainability, environment, design, nature, urbanity, architecture, and aesthetics. An inspired hybrid of sculpture, utopian architecture, and public art, Trailer Park seeks to create a vehicle for everyday transcendence over contemporary human predicaments as we work towards becoming a sustainable society.
Visitors to the Trailer Park go inside to go outside. If you cannot go to the park, this park can go to you! By embedding the destination inside the vehicle that takes us there, the trailer has become impregnated with its fantasy and all the ensuing contradictions. Its role reversal is so complete it brings the oasis to us, thereby making us the destination.