Learn how the Cardboard Institute of Technology (CIT) constructs disposable multiverses. #tinkeringtuesday
Working out of a huge, shared warehouse space on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, CIT builds sprawling mythologies and microworlds out of scavenged cardboard and hot glue (bought in 20 lb. boxes).
Working collaboratively as well as on their own, members of this apocalypse-embracing, power-to-the-people artists’ collective create immersive, interactive installations of all kinds—from pirate ships to galaxies—but one element that always seems to recur is what they call a shantytown: a cluster of endearing, sloppily constructed cardboard houses.
To make your own shanty, start with a strip of cardboard and score its sides to create a box shape. Use a box cutter to make holes for windows and doors.
Hot-glue your box closed. Cut another piece of cardboard into a roof shape and glue it to the walls at a sloping angle. Peel back the paper to reveal the reinforcing strips below for a corrugated metal effect. You can repurpose the topsheet by rolling it into a chimney.
Try adding wings, porches, decks, etc. Build houses of various sizes, and arrange them in a chockablock configuration for an authentic urban feel.
Want more details or suggestions? This activity and over 150 more from artists and tinkerers are featured for you to try yourself in The Art of Tinkering, available now at http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/the-art-of-tinkering