The Road opens this week, with Viggo Mortensen pushing a shopping cart through a post-apocalyptic world. Kevin Cyr was thinking about Cormac McCarthy's novel when he designed the Camper Cart. "That cart is almost like a character in the novel," Cyr told the LA Times. "It's essential to the characters' survival."
Viggo Mortensen in The Road, with shopping cart
Despite McCarthy's influence, Cyr considers his own piece "a more lighthearted approach to the doom and gloom of the future. [Camper Kart] is about self-reliance and making do with less.
"It's about taking two objects that are typically thought of as symbols of middle-class prosperity and associating them with poverty."
building the project
It is evidently large enough to fit the 5'-8" Cyr but doesn't look particularly stable, particularly compared with some of the other demonstrations of this form of mimimalist housing. But Cyr says that isn't the point:
"I don't consider myself a designer. These are pieces of sculpture. My work is about making a statement. It's about getting people to talk about these issues."
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