Campito. Western Slope and Denver, Colorado. Sheep Wagon, Posters, Public Interventions. 2010–2012.

A campito, or sheep wagon, is a mobile sheep herding dwelling used throughout the American West. In this intervention and research project M12 focuses on utilizing a campito and moving it around the state of Colorado as a connective object. Campito debuted at The Biennial of the Americas in 2010. This project situated artists, a sheep wagon, and teams of community members and project volunteers throughout different locations. Writing and conversations occurred, and posters of new Campito designs by the M12 design lab were distributed to participating citizens and national dignitaries from Central and South America who were in attendance for the Biennial. Campito explores disseminating information about sheepherding and fresh designs for a mobile dwelling unit based on the experiences and activities of the contemporary sheepherder. The designs are attentive to the dualistic qualities of the sheep wagon and their current herders—freedom and standardization, culture and agriculture, structure and spontaneity, and the vast nature of perpetual, unresolved conflicts of cultural heritage and human treatment. Campito was selected for Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, the official exhibition presented at the U.S. Pavilion for the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012. Organized by the Institute for Urban Design, this exhibition is the only one in history where the United States received an award.