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Back from the land of dust and heat

Bonnaroo was the strangest week of my life. Last Monday, we arrived to an open field full of dust, three days before the general public would come in. In those three days, we managed to raise "Urbarn," a dilapidated-looking barn built almost entirely out of reused pallet wood, with a tin roof that read "See Cities". Inside the barn, we let people screen print tshirts for free with one of the six screens that was designed specifically for the barn. Each screen had statistics on it, like "In 2008, for the first time in history, half of the world's population live in urban centers." On one side of the barn, we had a graffiti artist friend tag information about the barn, and gradually other graffiti artists became interested -- Mastro from Brooklyn put his tag up on the side of the barn too.

Mastro with the beginnings of his tag.

My friend Rita adding her tag

Raising the barn at night, when it's not as blazing hot outside

Our campsite with part of the tin roof

Inside the barn

Building the barn was a lot of hard work, but I learned a lot about the pallet industry and urban migration throughout the process, and got to teach visitors about it, too. I was surprised to learn how many pallets are used every year, and how many of them go to waste after they've met their end destination. Pallets are also made almost entirely out of hardwood, which makes their end waste even more detrimental. 

The artist who designed this project, as well as another piece at Bonnaroo, is Jacob Stanley. Find out more about this project and his other work here.

- Jessica

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