Dorothy on exhibit at The Paul Mahder Gallery
Dorothy has made it to The Paul Mahder Gallery in Healdsburg, CA. She is the first full-size prototype of my Turtle Project. My mobile shelters, which I generally refer to as my Turtles since the idea/shape was inspired by a turtle shell, include a variety of features which transform and expand the definition of mobile shelter into a distinctive and unique structure. The main feature of the design is it's universality since it can be used by anyone for just about anything - homeless housing, disaster relief, recreation, mobile office, etc. So it not just for homeless housing.
Some of the features I have included are as follows. On the exterior I have an outer protective vinyl shell with a reproduction of one of my paintings and an elevated platform base which includes rigid insulation to achieve an R value of 10+. On the deceptively voluminous interior, which I refer to as a 'nest' and is meant to be symbolic of a nurturing and protective environment and emblematic of what a home is, I have included a two-color paint job complete with carpeting, several operable windows including an egress window, lockable interior storage, shelving, art, a compartment for a rechargeable lithium battery which provides power for LED lighting as well as tablet and cell phone recharging all via USB, a bike attachment so the unit may be towed by a bike, a push bar to allow for easy positioning of the unit in tight locations, future solar connectivity as well as a moon roof. Future features include a fold-out table so the unit can also be used as a mobile workspace or dining table.