co-creation of to.org

Shadowman Van

A look under the hood for the origin story

Art Sparks A Movement

Shadowman Van is a global initiative co-created with the social good platform, to.org.

The original Shadowman Van is a 1977 Chevy ice-cream-truck-turned-sculpture created by artist Richard Hambleton. Acquired at an auction benefiting the AIDS charity amfAR, it is currently on display at The Alpina Gstaad hotel.  The original van inspired to.org to imagine a new type of humanitarian effort that helps foster opportunities for communities from all different backgrounds to create, collaborate, and realize their collective dreams. 


Amplifying Local Talent

Guided by the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Shadowman has sought to channel local energy and create safe spaces where people can come together to express themselves. Since its inception in 2017, Shadowman has partnered with indigenous organizations in Bangladesh and Uganda that are working to improve the lives of refugees and their host communities.

We are creative activists. We collaborate with individuals, artists, ventures and non-profits. We care about community and conservation.”

Nachson Mimran, to.org

Building a Global Community

In each location, to.org has supported the construction of a replica Shadowman Van. More than a symbol of shared ideals, the van serves as a community center. Local partners build the van and define its use. A Shadowman Van may be a classroom, a marketplace, an art gallery, a start-up incubator, a performance space – whatever the community needs.

Beginning of the Journey

Above all, Shadowman is a vehicle that drives dialogue, crosses borders, and arrives at a place that is better for the connections made along the way.

What skills do you wish to share? How can our friends around the world help you open up and learn in new ways? We hope you join the Shadowman community.