Cars Turned into Art
To many people, cars are a form of artwork. To a select few, cars are the canvas to use to create art. Some cars, like the Chevy Corvette and the Mazda Miata, are sculptures all by themselves. Car purists might not enjoy the fact that artists are transforming their favorite working sculptures into eye-catching pieces of art, but the fact is that alternative art is here to stay. Here are a few notable pieces:
Ioan Florea’s 3D Printed Gran Torino. With this piece, Florea used a Ford Gran Torino and 3D printing with liquid metal to create an organic sculpture full of waves and loops. The liquid metal softens the muscular, hard quality of Ford Gran Torino. He designed this liquid metal printing style to look gravity-defying with non-materials that instruct the polymers and paint.
Since cars are already sculptures, many artists have turned to using car parts to create new sculptures. Hailing from France, Edouard Martinet uses car parts taken from vehicles manufactured in the 1950s to create insects and other creatures. These critters are so carefully designed that it is difficult to tell that cars and motorcycles were used at all.
Another artist who occasionally uses cars is Erwin Wurm and his art has an unmistakable sense of humor. His “Fat Cars” series included a set of cars built on actual car chassis, like a bright red Porsche. These cars are seriously puffy, looking like they ate their fair share of marshmallows. When he first designed the cars, he intended to use the graphic design software used by Opel and General Motors, but the software could not create the organically flowing and puffy body Wurm wanted. He ended up building the fatness out of different foams that he coated with lacquer.
It is not just the Ford Gran Torino or Porsche models that are used as artistic media. Artists also use toy cars. The Toy Atlas Rainbow was created by David T. Walker from the UK. His piece uses more than 2,500 diecast cars. The car colors blend seamlessly into each other, creating a meditative piece similar to a mandala. You might be able to find a Ford Gran Torino or two if you look hard enough.