Oh no, not another concept design. Indeed, it isn’t – though the draft was computer-generated, Kevin Van Braak has also sliced and diced real-life trucks, buses and trailers, turning them into unique mobile urban gardens, portable faux lawns and surreal landscapes-to-go.
By cutting a 1970s-era Mercedes bus down the middle, two halves are able to fold down as platforms while the back and top form sides for an open-air but off-the-ground seating or ‘camping’ space of sorts. Retrofit elements, tightly attached, are simply a cosmetic extra step from there – and taking camper trailers down the same path is a logical progression along that road as well:
Artificial grass, silk trees and fake flowers are a practical measure to make this all work, of course, but also provide some commentary on the commodification of contemporary society and our need to ‘bring it all with us’ along the way.
“My caravan appears to be no different from any other caravan when it is pulled behind a car; when opened it manifests itself as an artificial garden, park or camping sight. Inside the caravan, there are stuffed animals, artificial grass silk flowers and trees, a sound installation with bird sounds and a BBQ.” So while it does not provide an authentic experience of nature, it sure is a wonderful little work of ingenuity and engineering.