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Obscura Society LA: Calder's Rad Pad

Join us as we venture deep inside the labyrinthine world of wonderment appropriately named the "Rad Pad."

LA-based artist Calder Greenwood is a prop-maker, set builder, model maker, director, writer, and production designer who creates larger than life installations and truly magical spaces, all from a single material—cardboard. 

Join Field Agent Benjamin Harmon for an exclusive tour of the Rad Pad, Calder's studio / warehouse in DTLA containing an eclectic mix of cardboard projects he's created over the last five years. Highlights include a VHS store, a dungeon, a phone booth, a Japanese train, and even a giant Captain Ivan Drago, the Soviet boxer from Rocky IV. Take a second to process that—a giant cardboard Drago = a boxer made of boxes… mind blown! 

Calder will share his artistic process and philosophy including how he came to work so extensively (and almost exclusively) with cardboard. In a recent interview with A. Martinez from Take Two on KPCC, Calder explained, "I walk around and see a great box and I'll empty what's inside of it out and keep the box and throw it on the roof of my car and drive home. And people assume that whatever I've got is in the box. I'm like no, it's the box, the treasure is the box.” 

Notes for this adventure:

- Exact meet-up location in DTLA will be emailed to attendees prior to event.

- Street parking is available, please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion

- No children under 12 years old. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

- Photography is encouraged! Tag #atlasobscura

- A signed liability waiver will be required from all confirmed attendees.

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 All photos © Calder Greenwood [used with permission]