Pop-up camper on a shopping cart

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26 Responses to “Pop-up camper on a shopping cart”

  1. Brainspore says:

    Anonymous #6: Yes, I get it. But the artist specifically said “functioning” and I’m gonna hold him to it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There is a non-profit already doing this with may I say a slightly more usable design:
    http://www.edar.org/
    However I applaud this artists ingenuity, I think the design needs a bit more work. I say this having spent several months during my late teens as a homeless person and being terrified of being raped or robbed at a shelter is a genuine concern for a large portion of homeless people.

  3. Mitch says:

    Some mean kids in the park are going to tip it over when he’s sleeping.

  4. treq says:

    @ Rosequeen: The average annual losses for single grocery store location due to lost/stolen carts is typically about $8K-10K.

    That isn’t nothing. It also isn’t huge either, considering that national grocery store chains usually take in about $20-25 million in revenue a year per store location. It may be increasing your food costs, but by a small fraction of a cent on the dollar. In-store theft by customers and employees raises your food bill by a far greater degree.

  5. PaulR says:

    He should move the camper more to the left.

    It’s not quite close enough to the fire pit to ignite.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hello Community. I’m the founder of http://www.edar.org standing for Everyone Deserves A Roof. Hats off to this artist, but at least functionally, he’s reinventing a wheel. We have hundreds of EDARs so far in seven cities, with more to come. Have a look: http://WWW.EDAR.ORG Help and support are always welcome: we are a 100% non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. Regards, Peter Samuelson

  7. RoseQueen says:

    @TREQ: Grocery store net profit margins hover around 5-7%, which is far more telling than the revenues they take in. Anything that eats into that, whether wandering grocery carts or employee and customer theft, costs us all.

  8. Anonymous says:

    reminds me of krystof wodiczko’s “homeless vehicle” project from the late 80s, but cheaper.

  9. dculberson says:

    Rosequeen, Treq’s point was that you’re balking at something that represents something like .05% (that’s five one thousandths of a percent) of the store’s expenses. It’s not a big issue.

    Besides, shopping carts are frequently retired; there’s absolutely no reason to think his project is using stolen property – other than a desire to be contrary, of course.

  10. foobar says:

    @Rosequeen:

    This is a common misconception and a bit of a pet peeve of mine. The cost of doing business has absolutely no bearing on prices charged. Businesses charge the as much as the market will bear. If costs exceed that, they’ll fold that particular store, but if they could raise prices they would regardless.

  11. Antinous / Moderator says:

    If you Google ‘shopping cart buy’, you can find them for sale. I mean, they come from somewhere.

  12. RichSPK says:

    “It is also largely about self-reliance and making due with less.”

    Oh. That explains why he’s asking for donations.

  13. querent says:

    @16 Danlalan

    interesting, but not quite where we started. decentralized again, perhaps, but with better tools. and teh intrawebs for ideas…both to take and to give. technophile woodland creatures. private network satellite launches for the wealthy philanthropist communities.

    Eliot was often right.

    @17 Foobar

    excellent point.

  14. SednaBoo says:

    I think that’s “making do” and not “making due.” It probably deserves a [sic].

  15. kc0bbq says:

    The cgi is pretty jarring in that image for some reason.

  16. Taro 3Yen.com says:

    Come on now folks.
    It’s just CONCEPTUAL ART.
    Kevin Cyr’s objects d’art are only semi-functional, which make it fun (and similar to ‘Unuseless Chindoku’ devices from Japan).
    About Kevin Cyr’s work:
    …Even if the camper is too heavy to pull long distances, its creation still suggests that we may benefit from rethinking location permanence and our true material needs for survival…
    http://www.brokencitylab.org/blog/kevin-cyrs-camper-bike/

  17. Beverly Stayart says:

    This is an innovative and creative approach to recycling.

  18. Anonymous says:

    How does it not tip over or roll away when you climb in?

  19. danlalan says:

    Even if the camper is too heavy to pull long distances, its creation still suggests that we may benefit from rethinking location permanence and our true material needs for survival…

    Post-industrial hunter gatherers? hmmmm. Perhaps we have come full circle. …and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

    Eliot was right.

  20. macrumpton says:

    I am not sure what the advantage of putting this tent in a shopping cart is. The tent with wheels is a valid idea, but the shopping cart itself is heavy, unstable (as a sleeping platform), and far more expensive than adding some wheels to a simpler, lighter, shorter tent platform. Making a pedal trike into a tent mobile home is far more practical idea.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Agreed with #23 that it’s very similar to some of Wodiczko’s work. This does look cheaper, but also flimsier and less useful.

  22. RoseQueen says:

    They are ubiquitous because they are stolen from businesses who then jack their prices for the rest of us so they can replace them. I admire Mr. Cyr’s creative skills, but I think he went awry here designing something for stolen goods.

  23. Brainspore says:

    Neat art project, but I hope he took stability into account if he actually plans to use the thing. That design has a lot of potential to tip the occupant over onto his head.

  24. Anonymous says:

    it’s Artttttttt.Gettit?

  25. danlalan says:

    Gyroscopic stabilization, brainspore. Thus the call for donations.

  26. neurolux says:

    Gyroscopic stabilization? Like build this onto a Segway instead? Oh wait, that would defeat the purpose.

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