Play in Progress

For 5 full six-hour days, 8 devoted youth have been working under the mentor-ship of 5 artists and facilitators in the creation of a mobile, play-inspired art installation. By the end of August, we will have completely transformed an old horse trailer into our vision of an modern day engaging playground; an interactive and collaborative creative space that can be packed up and brought to you.

IMG_5077We are fundraising so that we can pay our artist mentors for their endless hours of hard work, pay for our use of the artBOX space, and make sure we have the proper materials and equipment to make sure this structure is going to be fun, safe and sound. You can support this project at http://www.investyyc.com/projects/view/165.

LIFE SIZED GAMES

The players will be the pawns in this giant version of snakes and ladders, by physically moving their bodies across the hand sewn and painted board. Opposing players may need to make friends in this game, because rolling these hefty dice is not a one man job.

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CHALK BOARD WALL

We now have a full three-panel chalk board wall onsite at the artBOX that we have been using to draw ideas and organize our next moves. Thank you to our gracious volunteers Meghan and Pauline for helping us set this up!

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INTERACTIVE PIANO

We have been experimenting with the mechanisms inside an upright piano, and are working out exactly how we can use pulleys and cables to create a sound-scape as visitors interact with our space.

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CLIMBING WALL

The base of our climbing wall is now complete and ready to attach custom made holds to.

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FRAMEWORK

Play on Wheels Artists have been putting in super long hours and working hard behind the scenes to keep us on schedule, (well maybe we are a little behind), structural re-enforcement and framing out new entrances and exits has been a project in itself. It’s hard to predict the work that is actually required to bring things up to par, and things always take a little longer then expected; as it goes. We have now moved the trailer into our artBOX workshop space, re-wired the electrical, installed a shiny new jack, and have had custom new flooring installed by artist Lane Shordee.

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FUN HOUSE

Shiny and reflective pyramids protruding from the walls will cover the inside front section of the trailer. Alongside artist Ivan Ostapenko, a team of youth have been working with geometry and fitting together triangles. We are currently working out how the surfaces can be made as reflective as possible without using glass; reflective paint? mylar? tinfoil? ideas?

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PERISCOPE

Artist Joanne MacDonald had been working with a few of the youth, playing with mirrors and mocking up some trial para-scopes. We are just about ready to build the real thing!

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A WHIRL WIND

By the end of the day it is not hard to tell that the Play on Wheels youth and artist team has been hard at work. It looks as though a tornado has passed through.

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MATERIALS

We are working away to get this project built, and are looking for the following supplies to move forward:

  • Foam: pool noodles, black protective foam…
  • Reflective, non-breakable surfaces
  • Clear Plexi Glass
  • 1 1/2 inch square metal tubing
  • 4 – 3/4 inch sheets of plywood
  • 1/8 inch masonite
  • Paint
  • Pulleys
  • Cable
  • Hinges

If you have any leads on these; free or cheap, lightly used or salvageable, let us know! alia(at)antyx.org

VISIT US

It has been awesome chatting with people passing by on the street, and wandering into our space to find out whats going on. We welcome you to stop by and check out our progress, meet the team, and get involved! We are open Tuesdays, Wednesday’s and Thursdays from 11-5pm! 1807 42 Street SE

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