17. Frontier Town: A Tent Camp for Children in the Urban Wild
Frontier Town is a tent camp scaled for children (and crouching kids-at-heart).
The division between wilderness and civilization is as simple as single man-made light. A light in the unknown of darkness is security. A light in the expanse of nature is centering. A light under a blanket is shelter. We feel a powerful sense of shelter and security inside the warmly-lit space of a tent. For children, a tent is a special place of coziness, secrecy and magic – a place removed.
Frontier Town is glowing destination off in the distance and removed from the busy street. On the scale of the site, the lights of the camp outline a special place, an inviting beacon for gathering and wonder, in the emptiness of the urban prairie at night. On the scale of the shelter, the lights inside the tents define individual magical spaces. Here the young imagination can explore the powerful shelter of light and fabric. With the aid of hand-made light and shadow tools, children are encouraged to create their own personal narratives of Frontier Town.
VENUE: Warren & Woodward Open Space, 4847 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202