The Smooth Operator draws from historical precedents of American road trip culture and non-static architecture, offering new function to road travel. The project is based within the body of a Ford Econoline van and transforms from a personal living environment (camper van) into a public viewing platform.
It is an instrument for place-making through visual and physical interaction with its surroundings. The shell pulls apart and folds open and a membrane canopy structure radiates from the van’s volume, creating a uniform horizon for viewing distinct sites across the American landscape. As the road trip progresses, an accumulation of ephemera, stories, and other documentation will be preserved and presented as a record of life on the road.
Saturday–Sunday, October 12–13, 2013
Coyote Dry Lake, Joshua Tree, California
Tuesday–Wednesday, October 15–16, 2013
Crown King, Arizona
Friday, October 18, 2013
Bluewater Lake State Park, New Mexico