Design Students Add Artistry to Airstreams

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December 23, 2004 by   Comments Off on Design Students Add Artistry to Airstreams

Students at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design in Southern California were challenged to work with an unconventional medium: Airstream travel trailers.
According to a report in the Pasadena Star-News, instructor Sueann Valentine asked her students to restore and revive several aging Airstreams, creating works of art while also turning the trailers into mobile work stations.
Christian Lee originally envisioned a wheeled workshop that surfboard builders could take to the beach, but changed the design to create the perfect camping vehicle.
He wrapped a copper exoskeleton around his model to protect the trailer during off- roading. Its hinged sides flipped down to become sleeping platforms, resembling two giant wings.
Other creations included a deejay booth with bulletproof glass called the “Beat Box,” and the “Golfstream,” which contained a miniature golf course to be rented out for parties.
The class was part of Art Center at Night, an after-work program open to the public. All the redesigned Airstreams were on display on the Art Center’s campus.

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