Touch Punch Trunk

Touch Punch Trunk in use by visitors, summer 2015, Elm Park, MA. Freedom Baird

Touch Punch Trunk, 2015. Marine-grade vinyl, polyester stuffing, mattress foam, old clothes, ratchet straps, resin zipper. 52 x 36 x 36 inches. Installed on a horse chestnut tree in Elm Park, Worcester, MA for Art in the Park 2015, May through October 2015. Installation participation by Greg Lowenberg and Art in the Park Worcester Staff.

Maquette of Touch Punch Trunk, approx 12" tall. Freedom Baird

Making the pattern for Touch Punch Trunk. Freedom Baird.

Installing the zipper in Touch Punch Trunk. Freedom Baird

Testing the stuffing for Touch Punch Trunk. Freedom Baird

Securing Touch Punch Trunk to a tree in Elm Park, Worcester, MA. Freedom Baird

Stuffing Touch Punch Trunk with polyester fiber, foam strips, and old clothes. Freedom Baird

Stuffing for Touch Punch Trunk includes polyester fiber, strips of mattress foam, and old clothes. Freedom Baird

Touch Punch Trunk, 2015. Freedom Baird. Marine-grade vinyl, polyester stuffing, mattress foam, old clothes, ratchet straps, resin zipper. 52 x 36 x 36 inches. Installed on a horse chestnut tree in Elm Park, Worcester, MA for Art in the Park 2015,

Close-up of Touch Punch Trunk, 2015. Freedom Baird.

Signage for Touch Punch Trunk, Art in the Park 2015, Worcester, MA. Freedom Baird

Touch Punch Trunk in use by a visitor, summer 2015, Elm Park, MA.

Touch Punch Trunk in use by visitors, summer 2015, Elm Park, MA.

Touch Punch Trunk in use by visitors, summer 2015, Elm Park, MA.

Touch Punch Trunk in use by visitors, summer 2015, Elm Park, MA.

By the end of the summer, after many months of use of Touch Punch Trunk, the grass that had grown around the base of the chestnut tree was trampled to dust. The circle of dry dirt around the tree became a boxing ring!