Putting the Bibo in Bibotorium


Isabella Martin with the finished product | Photo: Peter Woodall

Isabella Martin with the finished product | Photo: Peter Woodall

One of the most impressive things about the Camp Little Hope crew’s Bibotorium is the thought and creativity they put into even the tiniest parts of their project. Take, for example, the collective’s ingenious solution to what might have been a vexing problem: how to serve the iced tea “brewed” from one of three endangered water sources that they serve to visitors to the Hidden City Festival’s Kelly Natatorium site. They could have settled for dixie cups, but that would have created a lot of trash, which is exactly what you don’t want to do in a project that aims to raise awareness about the future of our water supply. Using a plastic bag, rubber band, straw and cute little paper collar that says “Bibotorium” is wonderfully simple and elegant–albeit considerably more labor intensive. Yet even the extra work involved creates a sense of theater. Click any of the thumbnails below to launch the slideshow and take a look at Camp Little Hope member Isabella Martin in action. Or stop by in person–this is the final weekend of the Festival and Camp Little Hope will be “launching” its boats on Saturday at 3 with an event called “Dreamboats for Nightmares.”

Peter Woodall is the co-editor of Hidden City Daily. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and a former newspaper reporter with the Biloxi Sun Herald and the Sacramento Bee. He worked as a producer for Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane and wrote a column about neighborhood bars for PhiladelphiaWeekly.com.

1 Comment

  1. Are you serious? How is a plastic bag, a rubber band, a piece of paper, and a plastic straw less trash than a dixie cup? I\’m not sure how many people would agree that sucking iced tea out of a baggy with a straw is elegant. It looks like a bag of urine.

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.


Recent Posts
9th Street Business Improvement District Defeated—Barely

9th Street Business Improvement District Defeated—Barely

October 27, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Business owners vote Italian Market BID down, what’s holding up the Brush Factory reuse, and renderings for residential project in Port Richmond > more

In Somerton, Suffragists' Vision Lives On

In Somerton, Suffragists’ Vision Lives On

October 27, 2016  |  Vantage

In Northeast Philadelphia, the spirit of the suffrage movement lives on at Cranaleith. The late Victorian home was designed by architect Minerva Parker Nichols for both a family home and a meeting place for women's rights activists during the late 19th century. The property is now home to the Sisters of Mercy and the Cranaleith Spiritual Center. Contributor Sarah Kennedy gives us the tour > more

Curator Previews The Museum Of The American Revolution

Curator Previews The Museum Of The American Revolution

October 26, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Retelling an old story, Frankford CDC prepares new HQ, PHA leases out old HQ, shooting raises safety concerns for Rittenhouse Square, and waiting on Spruce Hill development to start > more

Minerva Parker Nichols: Architect Of Gender Equality

Minerva Parker Nichols: Architect Of Gender Equality

October 26, 2016  |  Vantage

In this second installment of our three-part series on the life and work of groundbreaking female architect Minerva Parker Nichols we trace the origins and apex of her brief, dynamic career > more

Viva Minerva! Celebrating America's First Independent Female Architect

Viva Minerva! Celebrating America’s First Independent Female Architect

October 25, 2016  |  Vantage

Philadelphia architect Minerva Parker Nichols was the first independent female practitioner in the trade and the first female member of the AIA, earning acclaim in the region and across the country. To celebrate the recent addition of Mill-Rae, a Nichols-designed Victorian home with deep women's suffrage ties, to the National Register of Historic Places we present this first installment in a three-part series to honor her life and work > more

Committee Recommends Jewelers Row Buildings For Designation

Committee Recommends Jewelers Row Buildings For Designation

October 21, 2016  |  News

Temporary relief today in the fight to save two historic properties on Jewelers Row from demolition and residential development. Michael Bixler reports > more