Week 7: Cardboard Everywhere

As the project manager for the Made In Opa-locka project I have a lot of responsibilities. The latest involves creating a budget and sourcing materials for our involvement in the Pop-Up Park event. We will create scaled-models of the Micro-Enterprise structures to be on display. Brasil, the local OLCDC handy man, and I drove north to a company called Mr. Box in Sunrise, Florida to pick up our order. 80 4’x8’ pieces of single-ply cardboard was awaiting our arrival.

Jennifer came into town for this event and we began building the models immediately. We began constructing these massive models approximately five feet tall. We had several people helping us with this mission—Aileen, Dean, and Chris—thanks for all of the help! The first two homes were difficult to assemble, but then we developed a system of construction which made the rest much easier. The next step involved renting a large UHaul truck to transport the model homes to the Triangle. All together we logged 15 consecutive hours of sweat equity into these model homes. We finished at 3:00am. Now off to bed before the event tomorrow…

-- Germane Barnes

 Germane spray paints the cardboard for tomorrow's Pop-Up Park before the sunsets. 

Germane spray paints the cardboard for tomorrow's Pop-Up Park before the sunsets. 

 Germane and Chris assemble the first cardboard structure. 

Germane and Chris assemble the first cardboard structure.