Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity Stops the Wall

 
 

A border wall between the United States and Mexico was a cornerstone of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. This rubbed Cards Against Humanity the wrong way. They bought a piece of land along the border and asked us to build a Medieval trebuchet on it. Cards Against Humanity said they are never going to crush Trump’s twenty-billion-dollar wall with this totally badass trebuchet, but they could. But they won't. But they could. 



Either way, I was happy to oblige.

 
 
 
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Design

Why a trebuchet? Well, because it's outdated weapon suited for an outdated way of thinking. We developed a custom design towering 28 feet high - sized to be a formidable opponent to Trump's 55 foot wall and demand attention. With the core sketches finalized and models built, our attention turned to mechanics, engineering, physics and sourcing materials.

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Build & Transport

Finding the space to build a 28 foot badass trebuchet and test it is no easy task in the city of Chicago. That's why we escaped to my farm in Ohio where there's a couple hundred acres of land, a large barn workshop, a tractor and an excess of telephone poles (perfect for the trebuchet arm). Over the course of two weeks, the project went from sketches to a fully functioning trebuchet. Once the beast was built, we chucked a few test "trumpkins" and iterated on the design. Next, I disassembled the trebuchet, packed it on a truck and hauled it down to the Mexico border.

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Install & Film

In Texas, we were met with crabs, coyotes, mesquite thorns, cacti and mosquitos. Good god, the mosquitos. We cleared the site of heavy brush, laid down 26 tons of caliche and made a nice level pad for the trebuchet to sit and sling. Rebuilding the Medieval siege engine in the hot, arid desert was quite different from the dewy rural landscape of the Ohio farm. Nevertheless, we made quick work of the assembly and headed heartily into two days of filming.

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The Reveal

Cards Against Humanity announced the trebuchet to the world in December 2017 as part of their annual holiday promotion. In addition to an illustrated map of the land they purchased and the hiring of a lawyer specializing in eminent domain, the 150,000 people who signed up to receive mystery gifts got to support stopping the wall and revel in the video made in Texas.

Check out day one of the campaign at cardsagainsthumanitystopsthewall.com

 
 
 

Studio:
Great Wide Open

Role:
Art Direction / Design & Fabrication / Installation / Operation / Woodworking / 3D Modeling & Printing / Project Management