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Contemporary Sculptor Uses Vintage Winnebago Brave In His Art

Tom Sachs is a New York-based sculptor who uses modern pop-culture items in his designs. One of his more recent exhibitions includes a vintage Winnebago Brave motorhome that’s been turned into a mobile quarantine station.

The title of this exhibition is SPACE PROGRAM: MARS.

Tom made several sculptures and displayed them around the Armory in New York.

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He says that Space Program is,

…a demonstration of all that is necessary for survival, scientific exploration, and colonization in extraterrestrial environs: from food delivery systems and entertainment to agriculture and human waste disposal. Sachs and his studio team of thirteen will man the installation, regularly demonstrating the myriad procedures, rituals, and tasks of their mission. The team will also “lift off” to Mars several times throughout their residency at the Armory, with real-time demonstrations playing out various narratives from take-off to landing, including planetary excursions, their first walk on the surface of Mars, collecting scientific samples, and photographing the surrounding landscape.

The Winnebago Brave serves as the astronaut’s mobile quarantine unit (sort of like the Airstream trailer in the first Apollo missions).

Winnebago Brave turned into quarantine unit
Tom Sachs

That’s a fancy dashboard.

Inside the cockpit
Tom Sachs

Tom made sure there was plenty of booze on board for his astronauts.

Plenty of booze onboard
Tom Sachs

His crew of 13 ‘man’ the display to bring the sculptures to life.

Model standing in door of Winnebago
Tom Sachs

The complete layout.

The complete layout
Tom Sachs

Playing astronaut.

Model on set
Tom Sachs

The Mars lander.

Tom Sachs designed this Mars lander
Tom Sachs

Watch a video of the exhibition below.



Tom’s use of the Winnebago Brave speaks to the enduring appeal of vintage motorhomes and RVs. I love that Raytheon radar antenna up top. Who knows, maybe RVs of the future will use their own radar systems!?

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H/T: WinnebagoLife

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