I love creating events that bring people together around art and music so I am always looking for ways to make this happen. The Wonder Wagon has become a powerful symbol of our family's desire to build commuity in our city. Our family along with Cameron Van Dyke created the Wonder Wagon for the first Art Prize in 2009. The idea was to build a mobile art gallery filled with art that could be taken into the places of the city where people gather. We have continued to use the wagon to do this over the past two years.
I think the horse drawn wagon is embedded deep in our shared consciousness since it was a such a common mode of transportation for so many centuries, only recently swept away by the last 90 years of the automobile. When people see the Wonder Wagon it immediately connects with them on a very deep level with an almost entirely forgotten cultural past.
That the Wonder Wagon is filled with art and functions like a gallery on wheels not only takes art out of the typical gallery context but actually puts it in motion through the streets of the city. In this way the wagon becomes a metaphor for the transformative power of creative activity to actually bring new life and vitality to a city.