Upcoming Events

Coltura Shows "The Gas Trap" in Portland Courthouse Square



Pioneer Courthouse Square

701 SW 6th Ave

Portland, OR 97205


July 14, 2017

5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.


FREE! All Ages Welcome


Coltura will debut The Gas Trap in Portland's living room,  the Pioneer Courthouse Square, on July 14.

The Gas Trap places performers inside an inflatable, 25-foot-high kinetic sculpture that serves as a stage and clear bubble for spectators to peer inside. The bubble is fabricated from clear window vinyl and connected by a hose to the tailpipe of a car, whose exhaust is depicted as filling the bubble while its inhabitants attempt to cope with the consequences. The Gas Trap invites viewers to explore the hazy intersection of gasoline, health, climate change, money, and guilt. 

The Gas Trap was conceived by Coltura founder Matthew Metz, designed by Northwest artist Samaj, and fabricated by Seattle's inflatable specialists, the Design Nerds. "The Gas Trap shrinks the atmosphere we live within down to the size of a room," Metz explains. "We think of our atmosphere as boundless and capable of infinite absorption, but it is in fact a bounded space that is increasingly saturated with smoke, pollution, and carbon dioxide coming from cars." 

The performers in the Gas Trap are left to uncover the horrible effects of the collective use of gasoline. If there is no way out, will people turn on each other? Will we face the truth of what we've allowed our environment to become or will they continue to deny reality?

The Gas Trap's kinetic element is smoke, which appears to come from the tailpipe of an actual car.  The smoke fills the trap and obscures the actors inside as we watch their world become inhospitable. The performers present an artistic vision of what it means to be human on a planet suffocating from our unnecessary reliance on gasoline.

"The Trap plays with our notions of responsibility and cruelty," Metz says. "Is the driver of the car responsible for filling the trap with smoke? Is he cruel for doing so? Or is he doing just what we all do-driving a car and emitting smoke from our tailpipe? If so, is there culpability?"

The Trap confines not only gases and people, but also the public's confused notions of responsibility that swirl around the use of gasoline, a fuel that is increasingly unnecessary due to innovations in electric cars and electric mobility.

 The performance is written and directed by Hillsboro-native and Cornish College of the Arts graduate Alyssa Norling and performed by Alyssa Norling and Grace Orr, theatre and movement artists who use the endless possibilities of public art for social change.

Coltura will present The Gas Trap in a series of appearances throughout the Northwest this spring and summer, starting in Portland on July 14 at the Pioneer Courthouse Square at 5:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public.


Past Events


Coltura's Gas Free Concert Featuring Industrial Revelation

America’s leading gasoline opponent Coltura produces the first-ever No Gasoline Concert - a landmark cultural event where all musicians and their gear will travel to and from the event without using gasoline. Concert features musical performances from fusion super group and Seattle-favorites, Industrial Revelation, jazz duo Bad Luck, and solo cellist Lauri Goldston. Come enjoy great music, and get there without using gasoline. 

June 30, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Lo-Fi, 429 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle, WA

All band and audience members arrived without use of gasoline.



Using public art to drive environmental activism, award-winning anti-gasoline nonprofit Coltura took to the streets on June 2 to present The Gas Trap, 25-foot-high inflatable, kinetic sculpture stage and live performance piece that calls attention to the harm—and death—caused by our individual and collective use of gasoline. Conceived by Coltura founder Matthew Metz, designed by local artist Samaj, and fabricated by Seattle’s inflatable specialists, the Seattle Design Nerds, The Gas Trap performance is written and directed by Cornish graduate Alyssa Norling and will be performed by Alyssa Norling and Grace Orr, Seattle-based theatre and movement artists who use the endless possibilities of public art for social change.