Gallery: Sleeper Cells: A Cluster of Porcupine-Esque Huts Made from Fou...

One resembles a pineapple, another a porcupine. Whatever they remind you of, there's no denying that artist Suzanne Husky's jagged huts constructed from piles of found wood are utterly wonderful. Called "Sleeper Cells," the cluster of pods is a proposal for an off-grid hotel in San Francisco but we'd be tempted to take one home and use it as a mini office or even a cozy lil' spot to take a nap. Be warned though - while they may seem cute and innocuous, these recycled mini dwellings pack a hidden political punch if you look closely enough.

“Sleeper Cell: A group of people who remain dormant in a community until activated, by a prearranged signal, to perform acts of espionage, sabotage, or terrorism,” is the definition Husky cites on her website. But in the case of her version of sleeper cells, those “acts” aren’t what we usually think of when we imagine a terrorist cell. Instead, the huts and Husky herself act as silent do-gooders, raising public awareness of the benefits of opting for recycled materials instead of new.

The “cells” come in varied shapes and sizes but are all made from reclaimed materials ranging from pallets to laths to other found wood. Inside, they are lined with comfy looking quilts and mattresses, making them seem like the perfect spot to curl up with a good book.

Want to see the cells for yourself? They’re currently on display at the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, the Hayes Valley Farm and the Di Rosa Art Preserve.

+ Suzanne Husky


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