Wheeled trailers don’t typically call to mind installations made up of light and textiles—truly beautiful works of art. In fact, “beauty” is probably the last thing you’d think of, with “trailer parks” and “trailer trash” being the more automatic associations.
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Baxter.
Of course her work is not built from a trailer home, but rather constructed from a moving trailer base. The installation is made up of five light-filled tri-columns, which extend and undulate from their mobile center like octopus tentacles. The columns are inflated by fans and covered in organza fabric, both of which cause them to flow gently and lead viewers into the installation. At the center of Fantastic Trailer are integrated seating spaces, which are meant to encourage users to stay and experience the work from the inside for extended periods of time. Below, you can see how the installation was constructed:
At night, the installation becomes a dreamy tunnel for visitors to lose themselves in:
Fantastic Trailer is located at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.