There is a family of urban artists in our city who home school their six children, have no car, and grow much of their food on their urban yard. The father is an accomplished painter and the rest of the family has beautiful crafts that they do - this is the sole income of the family. Without a vehicle the family was having a difficult time getting their artwork to the local art markets. They were also having a difficult time drawing attention to themselves in order to sell work out of their home. The family and THE FUTURE PEOPLE began to brainstorm what could be done to solve these problems. Together we envisioned some type of portable gallery for them that was true to their particular style. Ultimately we designed and built this lightweight, watertight cart, which is made mostly from recycled and repurposed material. It is pulled by hand to transport and display the family’s arts and crafts to local markets and festivals. The cart draws people to it, helping them sell their artwork, and provides a memorable identity for the family. They have been using the cart for more than five years now and have found ways to make it work for them by adding awnings and boxes to it. Most of the time it is parked in their driveway on a busy street where it acts basically as an unmanned store front selling cards and small crafts with a pay box attached to the inside wall. For us it has been very rewarding to see an object be so transformative to the family. We enjoyed the project because it gave us the opportunity to design and build something that was very needed and once completed changed the life of this small group of people. Below is a short video produced by ETSY about the Beerhorst Family.