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Renewed Urban Studio Tent (RUST)
The first version of RUST was located on the vacant lot (across from the Kimmel Center). The artist studio was there for the month of August 2012. The intention of this shelter was to allow artists to work in a unique structure made from recycled materials such as old bottles, wood and slag cement (recycled cement). Out of the old a new structure was created that showed the different possibilties that could be created out of urban waste. Young and old took part in the building of RUST helping to create the cement collages.

RUST2 was created to continue the idea of recycling. Andy and Andy decided to recycle the structure by showing the bones (the arches) and the skin (the collages) on separate platforms. This version exposes the worn nature of the materials and how they have aged over the years and how beauty can come from refuse. There is a chair and desk for artists to work on under a livingroof on one platform. On the other platform one can admire the collages created by the many hands.

Artists who work in the studio can take part in a curated show in the Mt. Airy Art Garage in November.

Artist that are interested in working inside the Rust structure should contact us: awalker3586@comcast.net. Working inside RUST August 7th -28th
Artists times:
9:00 to 12:00 noon Monday through Friday
9:00 to 12:00 noon and 5:00 to 8:00 pm Saturday and Sunday
Sign for 1 hour at a time but you may sign up for multiples hours
There will be a curated show at the Mount Airy Art Garage in November 2012 of work done inside the RUST structure. All types of work will be accepted.
Proposal for the University of the Arts project space (313 S. Broad St.):

The urban environment is in desperate need of rejuvenation. Thousands of buildings are left abandoned and are magnets for all sorts of criminal and undesirable activity.

If nature were allowed to reclaim the land in the city, it would grow in the refuse of man and incorporate them into its new life. What Andy and Andy are illustrating in this “Renewed Urban Studio” is to recycle the materials found in the city into a new structure that builds on the contaminated urban soil. This is part of an ongoing challenge to future construction to be mindful of the impact building materials have on the environment. Years after a building is torn down and removed, the soil is scarred by the structure. If you were to dig down below the city, you would find the remains of our culture. Andy and Andy intend to recycle these remains and create beauty out of abuse and neglect and renew the environment. Thank you all for supporting our project by pledging at Kickstarter and helping us reach our goal. Please feel free to continue to check out this site to see our video on RUST: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/710903835/renewed-urban-studio-tent-rust


All materials used will be selected based on the fact they have the least impact on the environment. We are currently experimenting with several materials that will create the frame and different types of cement-like substances such as slag cement or Fly ash.

Digital images


Chicken wire

Recycled materials such as bottles, artist materials (used brushes, canvasses, etc), garbage, newspapers

Recycled wood of various sizes

The Appearance

We propose to build a wigwam like structure that would be built with a skin made of three distinct parts.

Part 1: One end of the dome shape building will be made of a clay shell with images of abandoned homes from all over Philadelphia.  These images will be made from oxide image transfers onto the clay.  They will be collaged all over the surface showing the current health of the structures within the city.  This clay skin will be cracked like mud cracks when allowed to dry in large creek beds or rivers.

Part 2: The middle of the wigwam will be made of recycled materials collected from the streets of the city that will be mixed with cement-like material.  This will give a wall surface that is permanent and will show the impact of man’s refuse on our earth.  Within the cobbled surface local indigenous plants will be mixed and imbedded into the material.

Part 3: Recycled glass.  This last part of the structure will harness the qualities of glass.  We plan to collect glass bottles and fuse them together to create a wall/window to allow light inside the internal space of our building.  We will make a solar study of the site to make sure the structure takes full advantage of the passive solar energy.

Building Process

The main structure will be built of recycled wood creating a series of arches and boxes that will create the dome-like shape and filled with recycled concrete.

On the inside of RUST the walls will be covered with chicken wire holding a layer of newspaper.  The paper becomes the insulation of the structure.

After the framework of the structure is built on site and the interior paper and wire is completed, the external shell of clay and concrete mixed with city refuse would be combined and put onto the building on site.  We plan to use the community to aid in the construction of this part of the structure.  We would want people to bring objects that would be put into the surface.  Imagine art students here at UARTS bringing discarded art projects and pressing them into the clay/concrete mix. We will film the entire process.


As a whole structure it would be a living studio for UARTS students to work in and also challenge our notion of what urban building can be. The brick and glass houses surrounding the structure would be a background of past building practices. These structures stand as a contrast to RUST which brings the past into the present by using innovative materials and combining them in creative ways resulting in a sustainable housing unit.