People from all walks of life are welcome at the Mobile Bread-House to experience the joys of collaborative making in this unique one of a kind space. The Mobile Bread-House is a Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Art Installation. The space performs as a Social Incubator that uses the act of bread-making as an artistic and social medium. Bread is a cultural fiber woven within our societal fabric, composed of three basic ingredients: flour, salt, and water. Throughout time they have been interpreted in many formats in pursuit of creating both a domestic and ceremonial product that is the perfect balance of form, function, and representation. Bread-Making is an artistic expression that requires no formal skill, it is democratic, therefore it transcends race, creed, and socio-economics, most importantly it is delicious. The MBH was previously tested in Princeton, NJ (See our write-up in the The Princeton Packet ) and now is being rolled out for its grand debut at Art All Night, Trenton. After the event it will continue to travel throughout the area, bringing the joys of making, baking, and breaking of bread to the public at large.
The exterior of the Mobile Bread-House borrows from the design vernacular of the B-Home. This MBH is composed of a hexagonal structure made of pallets sitting atop a retrofitted boat trailer. The hexagonal structure defines the interior space, which is custom outfitted with a sink, table, seating, storage, and oven to support the Bread-House Methodology for Community Building.
By default The Mobile Bread-House is a globally sourced structure it is composed of materials from throughout the globe transplanted and discarded within the immediate proximity of the initial build site, Princeton University. The Design Methodology of the MBH is based on the process extracting from these local “Next-Natural Resources”.
The space features the “Cultural Shift Table” by satisfying the programmatic need for a place to knead dough. The design sets the stage for the ongoing collaborative activities, instigating dialogue between the visitors and the space. The interior space cradles the visitor creating a sensation of intimacy while maintaining its spaciousness through its form and transparency. The Table is flanked by the “Living Bread Archive” where each time the Mobile Bread-House is activated it will archive a piece of bread. The bread becomes a symbol of the community from that whom the bread was made by. The Bread Archive is illuminated from below filling the space with light filtered through the bread, creating a warming glow. The MBH features a Rocket Stove/Bread-Oven made from reclaimed 55 gallon metal drums and Household Tin Cans. The Mobile Bread-House’s use of reclaimed materials provides for a critique of issues concerning waste culture, pallet wood being the primary medium in the installation is used structurally and decoratively throughout the space, the reclamation of the material conjures a variety of notions dutifully left to further artistic interpretation. The elevation of the material inspires the visitor to think about what they can do with everyday waste. Additional artistic investigations into local harvesting and application of Bamboo will also be present.
Mobile Bread-House is a collaborative project funded by Princeton’s David Gardner Magic Grant. The Mobile Bread-House Project is part of a series of bread related interventions inspired by Dr. Nadezdha Savova and The Bread Houses Network. The Project is being Designed and Executed by Raymond Olive, MS and Pete Abrams.
- It all starts here!-
-Trimming bottom edge of the pallet with a 30 degree miter.-
- The floor covering is comprised of reclaimed pallets that were not sound enough to be used as structure. The Pallets are broken down into the three components that compose a pallet, Stringers and Stretchers.-
The Entry-Way design is based off the proportions of the Golden Rectangle, it was inspired by studies into the creation of threshold conditions from an aesthetic perspective and a philosophical one. The Entry is meant to be humbling requiring one to duck into the space, low doorways are demonstrated throughout the design of Tea Houses and is significant to ceremonial practices, we felt similar languages would be appropriate for the Bread-House. In addition to the aforementioned the low doorway creates a better since of scale when engaging the interior space, considering that the majority of time spent in the Bread-House, visitors are in a seated position.
-Uprights are the stringers from discarded pallets. They are then trimmed with a 60 degree miter and installed to help give the structure additional stability for the road. The uprights newly bolted into the pallet structure will provide a back for seating and a connection point for shelving.-
-The “Cultural Shift Table” was devised out of the need to have a place for the making of bread. Due to placement of the table it was essential to devise a table that would be flexible and allow persons to easily enter and exit the space. The table has been designed to shift from on side of the space to the other instigating a dialogue of person s and space. The table is at 33″ high allowing for tasking while seating and standing. The table is composed of reclaimed pallet wood. The pallets offer a variety of unique wood colors, ages, and grain types. These have been artfully selected and arraigned in a angular fashion mimicking the design language of the floor.-
-Holes are drilled to allow for sleeves made from PVC piping, The PVC sleeves will carry the 1/2″ conduit that supports the table top, allowing the tabletop to slide from side to side.-
-PVC Sleeves are tapered, lubricated, and hammered into place.-
-To the Left-
-To the Right-
-Take it back now Yaw’ll-
-Populating the Volume-
-Keeping with the vernacular-
-.75 Conduit Hanger is used to mount bottles to the bike rim-
-Preparing to remove the bottom of the bottle-
-Soak yarn in denatured alcohol, yarn is then ignited, heat transfers to the bottle eventually opening the bottom.-
-Framing out for the gravity fed sink-
-Bamboo Spout, it’s all in the details-
-Application of heat to bamboo creates chemical reaction and darkens color-
-Hand fabricated sink, Courtesy of BIG NYC $10-
-Wood Burning Bread Oven. Concept is to use all recycled materials and create an oven that is capable of cooking small batches of bread. The oven must be able to handle the stresses of the road during travel and be able to function on little amounts of fuel. The Design is composed of two 55 Gallon drums with a 5 Gallon inner chamber to separate exhaust from combustion chamber from the consumables. The heat from the exhaust circulates around the Baking Chamber heating the contents within much like a Dutch Oven. The Design utilizes rocket stove concepts to heat the oven. The Rocket Stove burns small batches of wood at very hot temperatures, minimal and small stock usage for fuel is ideal because of the the limitations of traveling with larger stock additionally most sites will offer fallen tree branches that one can gather to feed the stove.-
-Making a Rocket Stove out of Tin Cans?-
-Fabricating the rocket, prot0ype 1 combustion chamber eventually burned out. Prompting design change, the Rocket Stove now boast Schedule 10, 5″ Steel Pipe.-
- Surrounding the burn chamber with a refractory material-
-212 degrees and climbing-
- 2 55 Gallon Barrels and a Rocket Stove equal Bread Oven?-
-It’s not Rocket Science or is it?-
-Bread Bake Test 1, Success!-
-Mobile Bread-House activated at Trenton Art All Night-
-Bread Archive illuminated-