A Migratory Project
Custom made box trailer, road tested, portable vegetable garden.
the form of a common ubiquitous suburban item (often found standing idle
on streets) the work stemmed from a need to utilise prime
within the city. Also designed to move with its owner, the trailer contains
many plants both edible and medicinal, that can travel and supplement the
daily diet of an individual or small group.
An advantage is that the garden can be maintained in a localised area,
and saves planting and growing food in a fixed area. Often left behind
or non - transportable if people are moving.
Garden is designed
as part of the migratory series and is used in conjunction with the Carrier
vehicle and also Sauna (when the planter
boxes inside are removed onto the three metal chassis also built, the
trailer becomes the delivery and moving device that transports the sauna
in dymaxion form, the trailer maximises all available space and potentials
provided from a box trailer. Originally the trailer was fully
built from an old chassis and axle as the starting point. In this way
the project is another recycled and modified extended form.
canopy is constructed too be removed and taken apart when the trailer
is stationary and again replaced when the garden is ‘on the
road’. When housed in exhibition, the plants are to be tended
and nurtured by staff and viewers and growth is maintained by a fitted
system. The work is interactive and has been used to support various
artists and dinners. The trailer was used in Road Trip Dinners instructional
Recently exhibited at the V&A London and Glasgow CCA in 2006.
plants are monitored up to speeds of 100kmh and biologically it
becomes a survival of the fittest. Conceived in Western Australia
was travelled, tested and exhibited and has travelled extensively
Australia and New South Wales.
in the project is the idea of understanding the processes involved
in growing and maintaining
your own food. The care , nurturing
more commonly given over to larger consortiums. The trailer is
the manifestation of bringing these processes back into a highly
Perth – Kellerberrin, Western Australia : 480kmh return trip
Perth WA - Sydney NSW : 3957kmh one way.
Sydney – South coast- Murramarang- Pebbly Beach: 580kmh return
Sydney - Barrington Tops- Forster Tuncurry: 985kmh return trip
Trailer : L2700mm x W1350mm x H2500mm
Planter Chassis: L600mm x W1120 x H 550mm (3 of)
Mild steel, Rubber, Bearings, epoxy enamel, aluminium, nylon, stainless
steel, marine ply, galvanised steel, silicone, shade cloth, cable ties,
pigment, blue metal, potting mix, mulch, worms, 12v lights, garden
hose, timer, steel cable
Planter box transfer chassis:
Mild steel, rubber castors, grease, recycled ply, polyurethane, epoxy
4 x 36watt UV grow lights, plywood, rubber castors, Tasmanian Oak, stainless
steel. 240v power cord, timer.
Plants Ongoing: 2002 - 06
Rosemary, oregano, basil, lemon thyme, curly parsley, tree wormwood,
fennel, garlic, golden cane palms, rhubarb, aloe vera, peppermint, tea
tree (melaleuca), liriope grass plant, rocket, tomatoes, coriander, corn,
Japanese mondo grass, Kings park wattle, kangaroo paw, Greek basil, Thai
Chilli, Mexican tarragon, lemon grass, Spanish olive, cherry tomatoes,
Roma tomatoes, dwarf meyer lemon, mint, Spring onion, garlic chives,
zuccini, eggplant, peppers, crassula jade, lillipilli bush.