no screws, no nails, no glue – exclusively rivets

by Leslie Hossack

Budding, Spring 2007

© Leslie Hossack

The unique monocoque body shell of the Airstream trailer is put together exclusively with rivets – no screws, no nails, no glue. Over 80 years ago, the very first Airstream was built by Wally Byam in 1930. His dream was to produce a perfect trailer that would move like a stream of air. The body, which is made of lightweight aluminum, is held together by an average of more than 2,500 rivets. To this day, the signature shape of an Airstream trailer is recognized around the world.

The image shown above is from a grouping called Airstream Abstracts. The photographs in this series were taken over the course of an entire year. In 2007, they were part of my solo exhibition entitled The Four Seasons.

When the old stone church next door was sold in 2003, our new neighbour installed an Airstream trailer to live in during renovations. And so began my love affair with a travel trailer. This vintage icon appears to be an Airstream International Sovereign Land Yacht built in the early 1970s.

In the beginning, the Airstream was parked in the open churchyard. There it mirrored the blues of the sky and the greens of the grass throughout the long summer days.

Later in September, as the days grew shorter, the trailer was moved into the trees behind the church where it reflected the reds and golds of autumn, the sparkling whites of winter, and the tender yellow-greens of spring.

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