Play on Wheels

By Antyx Community Arts

Visual Arts

  • Donate $20 and Up

    TWEETED! A tweeted thank you for your support, extreme gratitude, and recognition on our donor board that our youth team will creatively integrate into the ‘play pavilion’

    Donate $50 and Up

    A Printed Photograph for you! The above rewards plus: A unique project postcard with a personalized thank you from the team
  • Donate $100 and Up

    Meet the Team! The above rewards plus: An invitation to a personalized tour, artist’s talk and Q/A upon the project’s completion

    Donate $500 and Up

    Engage! The above rewards plus: An invitation to participate in a community arts based workshop with our awesome and creative team, which will result in the contribution to design and build the ‘play pavilion’

About the Project


THIS SUMMER Antyx Community Arts and Aspen is working with a team of youth, artists, and the Greater Forest Lawn (GFL) community in the creation of a PLAYGROUND on Wheels! Using salvaged materials we will transform a 16-foot long 4-horse trailer into Greater Forest Lawn’s very own portable play pavilion.Play on Wheels is a collaborative project that will engage the community through arts, play, exploration and interaction.

Artist and Antyx Facilitator, Alia Shahab is collaborating with local artists Lane Shordee, Ivan Ostapenko, Joanne MacDonald, and up to 12 youth to engage Greater Forest Lawn through this collaborative community process. Through brainstorming sessions and workshops we will explore ideas around: the significance of play, adapting the typical ‘playground’ to increase engagement, community connections, activities and interactions that create connection and inclusivity, and play as a cultivator of connection in the diverse GFL community. The youth and artists will then take the lead in transforming these ideas into tangible and physical interactive components which we will build into the trailer over three weeks in August.

This process is designed to encourage community participation, creative collaboration, and mentorship in order to build connections within the GFL community, and between GFL and the greater community of Calgary. The completed work will be launched through a community reveal and celebration at the ART BOX on 17e, then transported to BEAKERHEAD Festivals Little Big Street in September, where it will be accessible to a larger audience and embody the creative, playful, and community spirit of Greater Forest Lawn.

You will also seePlay on Wheels on the streets and out at community events throughout the year!


ANTYX is a non-profit organization committed to engaging youth and the community through creative processes, and strives to help the community drive positive social change. ASPEN Youth Matters is a program providing opportunities for youth to connect with each other, adults, resources and their community.


Assembled is a team of experienced artists interested in promoting exploratory and educational play for people of all ages. Each member holds specific skills that will allow the execution of the Play on Wheels project.

With her unique sensibilities in creating large-scale art projects that involve youth as collaborators, Alia Shahab has brought together a group of fellow artists who will join forces with youth to transform our broken down trailer into a mobile playground. Lane Shordee is a scavenger artist who uses his knowledge in materials most people might consider garbage to encourage the rethinking of how we handle discarded waste. Ivan Ostepenko comes to us from an architectural and design background, with the skills to safely and securely make our trailer into a functional work of art that will give this project a new perspective on playground construction. Joanne MacDonald is a sculptor who works on making metal move like the kinetics of the natural world, and in this case is going to make our big metal horse trailer into a transforming structure full of hands on activities.

Our group has previously worked together on the Phantom Wing project that transformed a dilapidated, flood damaged courtyard in Calgary’s old King Edward School into a playful installation involving a water fall made from flood materials,a merry-go-round out of old bike racks and a teeter totter from bits an pieces found in the school.

Find out more about the Artist Team at:


It's not an easy feat to engage the community to organize and build a full-scale playground on wheels. Your Investment will help cover the costs of materials, equipment, hardware, facilities, print marketing, documentation, community engagement, and professional fees.


Donate! The success of this project depends on the support of the community. If you would like to donate, please do so through this platform!

Join the Youth Arts Team! Youth from the Greater Forest Lawn area aged 15-19 are invited to take part throughout this process as youth artists who will work along side our professional artists to design and create Play on Wheels! Visit to apply.

Contribute Materials! If you know of a stash of salvageable construction materials somewhere that is up for grabs, let us know! We could use thing like: wooden materials (plywood, old fence posts), sheet material (wood, metal, plastic) PVC piping, springs, durable fabric, rope, steel, re-bar, hoses, tile, gadgets (garage door openers, pulleys, cranks, gears), nets and more! Please contact Alia Shahab at: or 403-444-0500. We will come pick them up.

Volunteer! We need a number of volunteers for a variety of tasks throughout this project. If you have some skills or time to share, please get in touch! Visit to sign up.

Give your Creative Input! Join us for the community workshop and brainstorming session on Saturday July 26th! Your input will determine the direction of the project. Visit for more info.

Interact! Stop by during the open house build process, participate in community workshops, and attend the unveiling celebration at ARTBOX, at Beakerhead Festival, and at future community events (TBA). See the calendar of events here:

Find out more about the project and how you can get involved at:

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