Oasis in the California Desert
Created by US artist Andrea Zittel, the Wagon Station Encampment is a remote campsite located in Southern California. Designed for creative souls, the camp has a sci-fi aesthetic with 10 sleeping pods, a communal kitchen, open air showers, and toilets. The sleeping pod, also called wagon station, is a metal and wood shelter that contains a mattress, clothing hooks, a small door and a skylight for viewing the surrounding landscape and sky. They are available for rent for one to two week periods for $120 per week. Take a look at these photos and be sure to check out the video on page 3. Then tell us what you think on our Facebook Page!
The metal-and-wood shelters are meant to evoke the classic family station wagons often found in suburbia, along with the covered, horse-drawn wagons that were common in old Wild West. They are second-generation wagon stations. In the early 2000s, Zittel and her artist friends created a series of similar pods, which were eventually dismantled due to wear and tear.
The campsite is “open to anyone who feels an affinity with Andrea’s mission in the high desert, including (but not limited to) other artists, writers, thinkers, hikers, campers or those who are engaged in other forms of cultural or personal research,” according to the artist’s website.
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