Antyx Community Arts and Aspen worked with a team of youth, artists, and the Greater Forest Lawn (GFL) community in the creation of a PLAYGROUND on Wheels. Using salvaged materials we transformed a 16-foot long 4-horse trailer into Greater Forest Lawn’s own portable play pavilion. Play on Wheels is a collaborative project that engages the community through arts, play, exploration and interaction.
Artist and Antyx Facilitator, Alia Shahab collaborated with Ivan Ostapenko, Joanne MacDonald, myself, and 12 youth to engage Greater Forest Lawn through this collaborative community process. Through brainstorming sessions and workshops we explored ideas around: the significance of play, adapting the typical ‘playground’ to increase engagement, community connections, interactions that create connection, and play as a cultivator of connection in the diverse GFL community. The youth and artists then took the lead in transforming these ideas into tangible and physical interactive components which we built into a trailer over three weeks.