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Popup instant summer in the far North

Rebar’s Sho-Globe is like an old fashioned “Snow Globe” except, instead of trapping a bit of winter inside, it nurtures the carefree bliss of a summer day–in the middle of the cold, wet subarctic thaw of the far North. Deployed entirely by two people and two backpacks containing the inflatable bubble, power pack, lighting, sound and a 500-watt blower, Sho-Globe brings summer days to any outdoor public space, no matter the time of year. As it is inflated in various public spaces, it changes the dynamic of inhabitation and tests how places can be changed with the simple addition of warmth, light, sound, and softness. With a sound system to bring music (either live or recorded) and a full-spectrum light show, Sho-Globe tapped the potential conviviality of outdoor spaces that is often abandoned during the cold months of the year.

Commissioned for the Alaska Design Forum’s 2011 Common Space residency, the Sho-Globe was built, deployed and enjoyed in less than five days in Juneau, Alaska. During this week, Juneau hosted the Alaska Folk Festival, which saw live performances in many locations–including the Sho-Globe. Special thanks to the Alaska Design Forum and the citizens of Juneau for their support of this experiment in public spacemaking.

Date: 2011, April 11–15
Client: Alaska Design Forum
Location: Juneau, Alaska