“The Merry-Go-Roll is a candy-colored carriage that explores how the utilitarian world of assistive devices can be animated.
Drawing upon the streamlined whimsy of the mid-century era, a jolly team of ponies pulls a stylish wheelchair, delivering a playfully absurd method of mobility.”
– Laura Darlington
"Laura Darlington’s Merry-Go-Roll is a pastel 1950s-style wheelchair drawn by a pair of toy bouncy-horses. The back, arms and seat of the chair are smoothly cast as a single unit in turquoise blue fiberglass, with white and pink crocheted doilies draped over the headrest and arms. The chair is mounted on a turquoise metal wheelchair frame with a pink upholstered footrest trimmed with pink pom-pom fringe. There are two large spoked wheels with white tires and pink hand-rims in back, and two smaller white tires with pink spokes in front. A children’s parasol is mounted over the chair to provide shade for the user. The parasol is made from turquoise fabric with a pink, white and yellow confetti pattern, and the edge of the parasol is trimmed with pink pom-pom fringe. Pink ribbons with white polka dots extend from each arm of the chair and attach like reins to two large toy horses with pink bridles and saddles molded into their plastic bodies. The horses are white with turquoise spots, their manes and tails are yellow, and their eyes and hooves are turquoise. They are suspended by springs from a turquoise metal frame trimmed with pink pom-pom fringe, which rolls on pink caster wheels."
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