Monday, April 3, 2006

Tent Artist Doesn’t Want His Work To Be Misinterpreted

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Dutch man who designs tents as art pieces says the Kampgrounds Of America (KOA) need not call him for ideas.

Rotterdam-based Dre Wapenaar laments, “I’m not a camping tent builder. I’m not interested in mass production.”

What he is interested in is creating tents as metaphors for “private and public elements,” like his “Birthing Tent” equipped with benches for husbands, family, friends and nurses or his 45-by-45-foot “4 Grand Piano Pavilion” with pianos placed in each corner.

Wapenaar sees how his group of interconnected mushroom-shaped abodes called “Tent Village” might be compared to Smurf Village, but he doesn’t really like the idea.

He admits, “One woman wanted to put white dots on it and I had a big fight with her.”

Wapenaar also designed a huge teardrop-shaped “Tree Tent” meant for tree huggers protesting deforestation, and despite its meaningful shape, he insists, “It’s NOT a tear coming off a tree.”

He says it was simple a case of form following function.

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