Transforming a used shipping container into a prototype for a zero-carbon mobile exhibition gallery, students in the School of Art created one of the first spaces on campus that aligns with Mason’s commitment to zero emissions.
The students ripped out all the original wood and rusty bolts inside the 31-year-old shipping container. They repurposed used shipping pallets to replace the floor and chose a paint for the walls that contains no harmful volatile organic compounds.
Working with collaborators on and off campus, the students installed custom skylights made from several pieces of recycled frosted glass, which were placed at angles corresponding to the degrees of the Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn.
As a stand-alone, student-managed exhibition space, the shipping container allows for many creative exhibition opportunities.