The answer is Spacebuster!
Perplexed? Don’t worry, if you live in the NorthEast between NYC and Detroit you’ve had or will have the opportunity to engage with this converted milk truck as it makes stops in various neighborhoods during a month-long series of public art interventions.
In 2009, German architecture firm Raumlabor collaborated with Storefront for Art and Architecture to create the Spacebuster in New York. Now the interactive art piece will go to Michigan to fill the state’s vast landscape with an enormous inflatable, inhabitable tent that unfolds from the rear of the truck like an oversized safety airbag.
From the artist’s website: “people enter the bubble through the passenger’s door of the van walking down a ramp into the inflated space. The bubble is supported by air pressure generated by a fan underneath the ramp. The membrane of the bubble is translucent so people on the inside can see what’s going on outside and vice versa. The membrane acts as a semi permeable border between the public and the more private.”
I’m highly anticipating the Spacebuster’s arrival in MidTown Cleveland, where it will park in the Agora Theater parking lot and be open to the public from 11am – 2pm on Thursday, July 26th, surrounded by Cleveland’s Famous Food Trucks.
For local information on the event, visit the FB page developed in conjunction with the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.
For more on the project in NYC, including loads more photographs, visit: http://www.raumlabor.net/?p=1799