Recycled Shipping Container Becomes Art


Old shipping containers have been recycled for housing frequently, but here's a new use: this one has become an art gallery. CABIN/ET is an old container, perched on four specially made cast iron pedestals and sitting quietly in a corner of a square in the east end of London.

Its interior walls are lined with Douglas Fir and it kind of feels like a boat. Over the summer it will be gradually filled with furniture, shelves and seats, making a slow change from container to cabin, from sea to land. Inside a series of changing art shows with topics that are linked to the sea and urban issues will be shown.


The art exhibits will be making a statement about "transitional spaces", and over the next three months, there will be shows related to this theme. Presently the exhibit is ‘Border Town’, a video mirror installation of a small town on the US/Mexican border. Another will be a sound piece, where visitors can listen to a container crossing the Atlantic. "Shacks", photographs of homes made from caravans and mobile contraptions is scheduled next.


Over the tree trunk slice and through the window, is an art gallery.


Robert Fearns' drawings are stills from the film Battleship Potemkin overlaid with holes that he has punched through them. Called "Oil Spills", they are a series of images showing land and sea in tension.

He has some very scary statistics about the amount of oil spilled on some tanker crashes. For example, in 1967, Torrey Canyon in the UK: 119,000 tons spilled, in 1976, Argo Merchant, off Nantucket: 183,000 barrels, and the Prestige, in Spain in 2002: 63,000 tons spilled.

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