The Mayday Experiment: Post #50, the Year in Pictures

Artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy with the bones of her tiny house.EXPAND
Artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy with the bones of her tiny house.
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy

This is my fiftieth post — after one year, two months and about seventeen days of building the tiny house. The structure is now finished, and the next step is the stairs and siding. To mark this milestone (and because I am working on a large-scale commission with an insane deadline!), this fiftieth post is an all-picture edition, looking back over the highlights, trials and triumphs of the last year. Enjoy!

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Lauri Lynnxe Murphy

It all started with a rainbow...and this pile of 2x4's.

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It took some time, but we finally found a trailer!

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My bestie, Aaron Loki Johnson, enjoying daydreaming on the trailer the first day we had it.

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Philip Spangler and I had a lot to learn.

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We were only able to find a dovetail trailer, so we needed to modify it to make it flat.  We also welded angle iron along the sides so we could extend the walls to the maximum width.

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My friend Jeremy Vaughan was the first to come to the rescue with tools and knowledge and helped us cut the angle iron into shorter lengths, so we could save weight.

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We installed sheet metal for a moisture barrier and insulated the floor.

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With crude sketches in hand, we laid out the shape of the house on the floor and started framing.

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It took many hands, but we moved the walls out of the studio to the trailer, parked out front.

Philip Spangler, Nico Larsen, Ken Walters and visiting comedian Ron Babcock all move the first wall out.EXPAND
Philip Spangler, Nico Larsen, Ken Walters and visiting comedian Ron Babcock all move the first wall out.
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It was an exciting evening when the walls went up!

Nico Larsen stabilizes the wall while Philip Spangler fastens it.EXPAND
Nico Larsen stabilizes the wall while Philip Spangler fastens it.
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Tanya Coen gives Onus Spears a "hand".EXPAND
Tanya Coen gives Onus Spears a "hand".
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Aaron Loki Johnson holds the wall in place while Philip Spangler clamps it.EXPAND
Aaron Loki Johnson holds the wall in place while Philip Spangler clamps it.
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Next: plywood!

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Dave Seiler fastens plywood to the roof.EXPAND
Dave Seiler fastens plywood to the roof.
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Dave Seiler and Aaron Loki Johnson work together on the roof.EXPAND
Dave Seiler and Aaron Loki Johnson work together on the roof.
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Philip Spangler hands a sheet of plywood up to Dave Seiler.EXPAND
Philip Spangler hands a sheet of plywood up to Dave Seiler.
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Then there was the day Philip TP'd the tiny house...

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And the day the jacks broke and it collapsed.

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We put in windows:

Aaron Loki Johnson, Victoria Salvador, and Tanya Coen have it all wrapped up!EXPAND
Aaron Loki Johnson, Victoria Salvador, and Tanya Coen have it all wrapped up!
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Victoria Salvador, Edgar Armada, Meredith Bowdish and Tony Bearzi work together to level the window.EXPAND
Victoria Salvador, Edgar Armada, Meredith Bowdish and Tony Bearzi work together to level the window.
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Only to have them broken by neighborhood vandals:

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Through it all, Victoria Salvador and I have done a lot of planning:

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And drank a lot of tea.

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We kept plugging away, putting on the roof despite rain constantly stopping us.

Alexanderia Jiminez and Reg Archer check out the distant clouds.EXPAND
Alexanderia Jiminez and Reg Archer check out the distant clouds.
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Reg Archer and Victoria Salvador roll out the adhesive on the EPDM.EXPAND
Reg Archer and Victoria Salvador roll out the adhesive on the EPDM.
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A heavy pastry roller did the trick for attaching the EPDM patches!EXPAND
A heavy pastry roller did the trick for attaching the EPDM patches!
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Triumphant Dave Seiler.EXPAND
Triumphant Dave Seiler.
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We even got the skylight in.

Aaron Schulz and Randy Rushton lower the skylight into place.EXPAND
Aaron Schulz and Randy Rushton lower the skylight into place.
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Randy Rushton, discovering that we had made the curb slightly too big for the skylight.EXPAND
Randy Rushton, discovering that we had made the curb slightly too big for the skylight.
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Along the way, the tiny house has been to some amazing events where it sparked conversations, even before it was done.

We visited the Weidemeyer Ranch a part of the Launch Pad 2: L A N D exhibition, creating an installation with the tiny house.

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We were invited to the Denver Art Museum for Untitled.

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Deb Henrickson of Equilibrium stops by.EXPAND
Deb Henrickson of Equilibrium stops by.
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And we participated in Redline's 48 Hours of Socially Engaged Art.  

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There's still a long way to go on this journey, before the journeying itself can begin.  I'm so thankful for good friends who have helped every step of the way, and everyone who has donated for the fundraising (which is still going on!).  These rewards will be going out very soon; I almost have enough made!  You can get yours (made from scraps of the building itself) by pledging at gofundme.com/maydayexperiment.

Victoria Salvador, resident badass!EXPAND
Victoria Salvador, resident badass!
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Philip Spangler, who helped me get it all started!EXPAND
Philip Spangler, who helped me get it all started!
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Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, a 2005 Westword MasterMind winner, is blogging out her tiny house project, The Mayday Experiment, on Show and Tell. If you'd like to support her journey, you can pledge here or here. See more of her work at lynnxe.com.

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