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If you’ve read the short encounter chapter in my tiny-housing book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”, you know that Porcupines in Vermont have become my mortal enemies. I do find them very interesting, but man can they destroy the siding of a cabin VERY quickly…regardless, I really dig this little sculptural cabin….
This one is just wild- and was created by artists at the San Francisco “Recology” center- with the focus of several exhibit builds being “recycled materials”- fittingly. As many of you know, I’m a big fan of fun, and whimsical tiny dwellings- and this one certainly fits the bill! No interior photos were provided at www.recology.com, but its still fascinating enough, even if only given an outside vantage.
Above is another very cool offering from the same event….spherical structures are very hard to furnish, and are very space inefficient though….
Suzanne Husky: Sleeper Cell Raising
The wealth of materials available to Suzanne Husky during her residency at the dump enabled her to construct small habitable structures that had previously existed only in her drawings. The artist’s intention for these forms, which appear like tiny homes for characters in a folk tale, is that they be placed in a forest or garden, potentially to be slept in. While the shelters in nature-inspired shapes such as a porcupine convey a humorous charm, Husky’s description of them as “sleeper cells” alludes to more sober concerns—people living off the grid in anticipation of an environmental apocalypse, ecoterrorists mobilizing in forest hide-outs, and a metaphorical rising up of nature against encroaching industry and technology. Structures are furnished with the cast-offs of consumer culture and are even on wheels, allowing for the easy deployment of this woodland force. Husky received her MFA in 2000 from the Beaux-Arts School in Bordeaux, France. She has had residencies at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco and at Pollen Monflanquin near Bordeaux; her work will be included in Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2011.
As for recycled materials and building on the East Coast front, boy oh boy do I have LOADS of stuff we can play with and incorporate into the building of a new tiny dwelling/guest house at our Relaxshacks.com “Tiny House-Building Workshop” Nov 2-4, in Stoughton, MA. Click HERE for DETAILS! Its filling fast!
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
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