Around 120 art students at Weber built the life-size cardboard wagon along with California based artist Kiel Johnson over the previous week.

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At first glance, the covered wagon at Weber State University looks the same as the symbol of Utah’s past spotted throughout museums and history books. The wagon is large enough to carry a family. Supplies hang off of every open space and the entire set-up is the muted brown color of faded wood and layers of dust. It is only on closer inspection that the wagon becomes visible for what it really is: a life-size sculpture made of cardboard and twine. After an invitation to give a talk at Weber State earlier in the year, Johnson instead suggested a community sculpture project with students in the art department. For one week, Johnson set up shop in the lobby of the Kimball Visual Arts Center. After designing the basic structure of the wagon, Johnson was joined by new artists every day who created their own pieces for the project. Students from the sculpture and design classes at Weber sketched out ideas for components to add to wagon. These additions ranged from cardboard tools and silverware, to chickens, hats and plenty of guns.