From colorful paintings and detailed line drawings of delivery trucks and mobile homes to actual full-scale bike-and-shopping-cart camper construction projects, artist and designer Kevin Cyr seems (healthily) obsessed with portable housing and mobile living. In his own unique creations, he manages to pack impressive amenities (bed, lighting, storage and much more) into the smallest of interior spaces.
His first full-size project – a creative camper bike creation – is an uncanny small-scale replica of a typical mobile home. In fact, it is arguably more surreal for this remarkable resemblance to conventional car-attached campers, complete with faux wood siding, simple windows and basic door. He has sketched, painted and drawn the work in addition to photographing the finished product in action.
If the bicycle trailer concept is an exercise in overt simplicity and aesthetic similarity, the camper cart could be characterized as the opposite: a project involving subtlety and stealth, a hidden home that looks like an ordinary shopping cart until it is unfolded and converted to an (albeit very small) mobile living space. Naturally, one can see applications of this in tent cities and other urban homeless populations.
But wait: it is no coincidence that Dornob is covering this design when it is. Kevin is currently raising funds here to complete his latest project. No pressure, but by way of disclosure: upon finding his work-in-progress the author of this very article felt compelled (without being requested) to contribute some cash to the cause (and in return will be receiving an artistic print of the final camper upon its finished construction should it reach its funding goal).
Kevin’s work is pretty awesome, and there’s a lot more where this comes from, including incredible die-cast miniatures, paintings and more. Check it out here.
“Kevin Cyr’s paintings result from the artist’s ongoing fascination with the vehicles he frequently saw in his childhood. ‘I have always been interested in painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape,’ he explains. The subjects of his paintings have included commercial vehicles, RVs, vans, camper bicycles, and camper karts, all in a state of disrepair and marked by graffiti and rust. He puts his vehicles on solid, brightly colored backgrounds, which he likens to a set-up for portraiture. Cyr also makes die-cast miniature models of these cars, taking care to include the details of their worn exteriors. Common themes introduced in his work include mobility, sustainability, mortality, and consumer culture.”