You are a seventeen years old lad that was raised in Venice. In your memory box only churches and gondolas. One day your dad comes back from a business trip. He tells you he needs to go back there straight away. You don’t think twice. You pack a pen and a notebook and leave with him. Before even realizing what’s going on you have seen Europe melting into Asia, walked the Silk Road, exchanged paper money, and got to meet Kublai Khan.

Marco Polo did it once. Having worked for three months on an issue about transport, we thought it was fair enough to try to emulate him. Here we go then. We’ve packed a bunch of stories, photos and videos taken from the magazine, got hold of some of the very special vehicles that were featured in the magazine (this is one), and eventually fled the office. Direction: eastwards.

If we are lucky, we will reach Shanghai, China, just in time to set up TRANSPORT: homemade vehicles from around the world, the exhibition that will take place at Hong Miao Gallery, a converted Taoist temple, from the 6th to the 18th of September. Come and say hi if you happen to be there in the opening day. The weirder the vehicle you will arrive in the happier we will be.

Kublai, here we come!


TRANSPORT - homemade vehicles from around the world

6 – 18 September 2011
Opening: Tuesday, 6 September, 6 p.m.

Hong Miao Art Gallery
50 Shitan Lane
496 East Nanjing Road
Shanghai – China

Opening hours
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.