The Cabinet of Wonder
The Cabinet of Wonder is a gypsy-caravn-like moveable stage out of which we run travelling drawing events. We've dragged the Cabinet through Sussex woodlands, promenaded along the Hastings seafront and meandered through the streets of London to bring surprise, on-street figure drawing to over 2000 people. If you're interested in engaging the services of a Drawing Circus Troupe, equipped with Cabinet of Wonder, just click here >>>
The Cabinet of Wonder was originally part of a three-Cabinet fleet commissioned by Donna Close and Brighton & Hove City Council for 'Enlightenment', part of White Night 2010. The Cabinet's were inspired by 18th Century traveling Wunderkammer, cabinets of curiosity that would be used to show off the wonders of the natural world. We decided to present the figure as a 'Wonder of Nature' by wheeling it out onto the streets of Brighton and encouraging everybody we came across to draw. You can read more about 'Enlightenment' here >>>
The three original Cabinets (one black, one blue, one red) were designed respectively by Kate Shields, Helen Cann and Jake Spicer. Each one was built by a team of volunteers to the artist's specification, based on the chassis' of three horse drawn carts. A huge team of volunteers worked on the carts over three months, with the cost of building sponsored by The Big Draw, BHCC and Jamie Pettit.