RESIDENCY PROJECT 2017
A Hilarious Healing Game and creating the Dodo Derby
Two artists, a sculptor and a performance artist, were selected to spend a month at Baraka creating a Hilarious Healing Game for two local communities, Millbrook and Stanfordville. The two artists, Lily Cheng and Steph Wadman, hail from different backgrounds and geographies, but came together to create the Dodo Derby, a game that challenges and provokes the communities to unite in the Dodo spirit of shedding inhibitions. The game took form in man powered cart-like structures inspired by common and exotic birds, the Rooster, Penguin, Flamingo, and Turkey.
The artistic duo states that they want to "encourage participants and ourselves to experience different perspectives through interaction with our work. Responding to Baraka’s call to make a “hilarious healing game," we approached how to foster a feeling of unity and loss of inhibitions through a common goal and physical silliness... Inspired by the nostalgia and love of cars of the Stanfordville community, we created a derby as an accessible, fun and challenging way to highlight everyone’s different and possibly hidden strengths. Similar to summer picnic games, the Dodo Derby starts with the drive to be the fastest as an entry point into the joy of creative flailing with others."
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Let the testing begin!
Lily+Steph Test Prototype cars
Playing with carts that are pulled
Playing with proportions and body sizes
Planning and drawing
Lots of time spent hashing through problems and safety issues
Preliminary sketch of an egg cart
Sketches often were transformed into a new idea while building the cars
1st version of The Rooster
Prototyping steering and pushing controls
1st version of The Penguin
Two golf carts strung together with a fire wood basket to make the 1st rendition of the penguin
The Bone Wheel Yard
Many prototypes were cast aside, but all were instrumental in fuelling the final outcome.
Steph and Onnig in studio
Getting down to business building the first two cars the Penguin and the Rooster.
Studio work (Steph)
The satisfaction of a chainsaw
Studio Work (Lily)
Lily works on the Young Penguin carving away at any sharp or uncomfortable bumps.
The Young Penguin
The Young Penguin is specialized for smaller people and is outfitted with soft foam wheels. Get on your belly and slide on the ice!
Young Penguin all dressed up
Big Penguin ready for the races
Wood steaming set-up
Steamed wood was bent in order to make many custom curved components of the cars
Lily keeps the fire stoked
1st wood bending day
Editing templates in the moment
Template for Flamingo Legs
Curved pieces were needed to make horizontal leg braces for the Flamingo.
Lily finishing up the Flamingo
Steering column for the Rooster
Big Penguin, Young Penguin, Rooster
Ready for the first games.
Steph giving a ride on the Rooster
In Progress Turkey
The Turkey went through many different phases and changes.
The Purple Turkey
The turkey has a special hidden rider under the seat
Millbrook Community Day commences!
Stanfordville Community Day Set-up
Steph and Lily celebrate the races
The Dodo Leader board