Kim Holleman's Trailer Park mobile garden has been a roving oasis of greenery for the Big Apple for years, but now the Brooklyn-based artist has just unveiled a new compact version. Trailer Park V2 was built into a 6' x 12' construction trailer, making it much smaller than the original 18-foot-long original, with the same type of serene lush garden inside. The mini Trailer Park is filled with native-to-New York greenery, as well as a solar-powered aquaponic edibles pond and even a micro veggie patch.
Holleman created her first public mobile park out of an 18-foot-long Coachman Travel Trailer in 2006. The vehicle was gutted and filled with native New York mosses, succulents, grasses, miniature trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. There was even a walking path made out of hand-laid brick and benches for those looking to take a breather among the lush greenery while listening to the sounds of the babbling pond.
For the updated version, Holleman has gone the way of the tiny home movement. Made out of a 6′ x 12′ ramp-back, V-Nose construction trailer, the smaller iteration actually makes the park more versatile because it can be moved by hand or attached to a hitch for hauling. The smaller version also has a ramp, making it wheelchair accessible.
Inside the coolest park on wheels, wooden curvilinear planters, shaped to emulate wooden stumps, are filled with greenery. To allow for optimal air flow control inside the trailer, the artist designed new windows and skylights that open and close. Along with bringing natural light and air into the trailer, the improved windows keep the cold and snow out in the winter and let more heat and air inside during the summer months. According to Holleman, this system is functionally and aesthetically more of a greenhouse than the original.
Along with the green garden, the park is also equipped with a solar-powered pond that has running water at all times. The hydroponic environment creates a healthy full-circle eco-system made up of aquaponic plant life coexisting with some very cute little snails.
Holleman says that the Trailer Park “is more than just a portable garden and park, it’s also meant to be a very special experience for people who want to stay and enjoy the nature and the special atmosphere created inside.”
Trailer Park V2 will be on display at the World Maker Faire next week at the New York Hall of Science on October 1st and 2nd.
Images via Kim Holleman