Process Stories

Creating the Experience


1. Designing the Experience


We wanted to make an engaging and portable piece about the National Parks. The goal was to build onto an existing trailer platform but allow the structure to transform into a space that would draw people in.

The internal pieces are designed to engage passing citizens and give them information only after demonstrating the value of national park experiences. After discussing many versions of a map and changing interior, we settled on a floor cork-board that people add stories to, connecting them to maps on the wall that showcase the various locations of historic parks around the country. 

"A national park is not a playground. It's a sanctuary for nature and for humans who will accept nature on nature's own terms"


2. Building the Portal


The team has worked with both physical and digital fabrication. The brunt of the work has been construction of wooden framing for the trailer, as well as designing the interior experience. The outside came together quickly, meanwhile a local painter, Colleen Rudolf, has been working on a landscape painting for the interior.

The inside wall will feature a contour map of the area with pegs to identify local national historic sites. The floor will also include a digital projection of moving landscapes, which require some electrical wiring and programming.

The base and walls were constructed at the Pennovation Center, but the wall raising happened outside, at an artist studio in Fishtown. The outside mural has yet to be painted and may take the team work of some additional volunteers to color the exterior. More updates to come.