Saturday, April 2, 2011

Awesome Art Cars and Magnificent Mutant Vehicles

It's my dream to go to Burning Man at least once in my life. I want to be inspired to create art at a place that has inspired me to make it. In the meantime, thank you google, I can take inspiration from the amazing mutant vehicles that have been approved for the event in the past. (& yes, the snail car is a mutant vehicle)

Apparently there is a difference between art cars and mutant vehicles-

"According to art car artist and Art Car Fest organizer Philo Northrup, art cars are "street-legal vehicles that have been permanently transformed into mobile sculptures". According to the Burning Man DMV, Mutant Vehicles are "'art on wheels': radically, stunningly, (usually) permanently, and safely modified motorized vehicles" (source: Wikipedia)"

I'm sure every single one of us has seen an art car at one time or another, especially those of us who live in Athens. I think it was Chris Hubbard's car that we discussed in class a few weeks ago?

Chris Hubbard's Heaven and Hell Car

I found a blog called Beauty Everyday when googling art cars (ironically, Kristen [one of the contributors] is the owner of Treehouse Kid & Craft... 6 degrees of separation? or 1 in this case?) & they posted images of this art car lurking around Athens:

I pass by an art car parked at an emissions shop on Broad Street on my way to school everyday. I guess I'll have to go take photos of it soon!

Here are some images pulled from the internets of art cars:

^Mondrian art car

^ this lady reminds me of my elementary school teacher to a T!

^the "squirrely whirly car" made with hundreds of pinwheels that spin when the car moves!
^ping pong car
^Kandinsky-inspired car
^some messed up waterfall on top of a garden car

^tennis balls

Do your homework! You can visit more mutant vehicles at the Burning Man galleries or go to Art Car Central, a blog dedicated to art cars! The Silicone Valley Art Museum (an online art museum) has an online exhibit about Burning Man. If you're ever in Arizona or Texas, stop by Art Car World (Douglas) or ArtCar Museum (Houston)- two museums dedicated to art cars!
Or, if you're feeling super adventurous, you can venture out to Carhenge (Alliance, Nebraska) and visit car art, not art cars:

See you tomorrow!
-Katie B

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