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Defunct Old Cars Given New Life as Pools and Pizza Ovens by Benedetto Bufalino

June 18, 2018

Andrew LaSane

French artist Benedetto Bufalino (previously) brings functional fun to existing objects that were built with practicality as a primary objective. Since transforming a cement mixer truck into a disco on wheels back in 2016, Bufalino has continued to create unique urban interventions out of cars, phone booths, and other vehicles and objects from daily life.

While some of his creations are meant to be observed as structures (like his modified aquariums), others are built to be used. Bufalino has transformed a gutted sedan into a working wood-burning pizza oven, outfitted a camper van with a family-sized pool, and modified stretch limousines to serve as outdoor seating or ping pong tables.

Rather than restricting his labor-intensive sculptures to rarefied gallery settings, the artist often installs his work in public spaces to be encountered by the unsuspecting general public. To see more of his projects, including behind-the-scenes looks at the builds, follow Bufalino on Instagram (via designboom).

 

 



Art

A Full-Scale Demolished Car Constructed From Silk, Aluminum Mesh, and Tulle by Jannick Deslauriers

March 16, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Montreal-based textile artist Jannick Deslauriers builds elaborate and often life-size pieces of machinery by sewing together yards of silk, aluminum mesh, and tulle. Each fabric she uses is transparent, which speaks to the hidden politics lurking behind commonly used objects and goods. One of her latest works, Sentence, souffle et linceul, is a full-scale replica of a demolished car. The translucent vehicle is slumped to the right, its broken form further exaggerated through a composition of soft and easily manipulated materials.

The sculpture is currently displayed at Art Mûr Montreal for the artist’s solo exhibition, which shares the same name as the sewn automobile. Also included in the exhibition are two miniature sculptures which depict a damaged model train and a segment of broken telephone lines—their transparent appearance similar to that of the nearby vehicle. The exhibition runs through April 28, 2018. You can see more of Deslauriers’s work on her website.

 

 

 



Animation Design Illustration

Elastic Vehicles: Warped and Contorted Car Designs by Chris Labrooy

June 29, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Digital illustrator Chris Labrooy continues to experiment with radically unusual car designs by creating ludicrous CGI vehicle concepts based on VW Beetles, Datsuns, and Citroen C3s. Since we first mentioned his Auto Aerobics series, Labrooy decided to bring a few of his ideas to life in a series of animations titled Cut & Shut and Tokyo. You can see more of his recent work in his portfolio. (via Designboom)

 

 



Art

A Wrecked Luxury Car Built From Over 12,000 Reflective Steel Parts

June 28, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Image via Jordan Griska

Image via Jordan Griska

Reflecting its surroundings with a splintered and imperfect view is Jordan Griska‘s 2016 sculpture Wreck, a non-functional model of a Mercedes Benz S550 made entirely from reflective stainless steel. The piece, which is composed of nearly 12,000 individual parts, is meant to highlight both luxury and mortality from a removed perspective. While researching the work Griska referenced Andy Warhol’s series of car crash prints, connecting the sterility of his work’s stainless steel to that of a lithoprint.

“The sculpture mirrors the peak of today’s automobile industry by using digital technology and meticulous handcraft to subvert both utopian dreams and reality,” explains Philadelphia Contemporary in a statement about the piece. “Spectacular and haunting, Wreck captures the dual nature of American culture by contrasting wealth, freedom, and individuality with decadence, debauchery, and tailspin, as flip sides of the same coin.”

The sculpture was premiered last year at Philadelphia’s Pier 9 with Philadelphia Contemporary. You can see more of the New York-based artist’s works (including this completely reflective punching bag) on his website and Instagram. (via Visual Fodder)

Image via Jordan Griska

Image via Jordan Griska

Image via Jordan Griska

Image via Jordan Griska

Image via Jordan Griska

Image via Jordan Griska

 

 



Art

Forests Cut into Vehicles and Street Signage by Dan Rawlings

June 5, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Artist Dan Rawlings merges subject matter that would seem to be in direct contrast to its medium: trees cut into an old silo or ferns that sprout from rusty street signage. A collision of urban and rural. “I try to create images that remind people of the moments when everything seems possible and free,” says Rawlings, “times when climbing a tree, or sitting admiring the way its branches twist and curl means nothing, but means everything.”

One of his most ambitious pieces, titled Nature Delivers, depicts the shell of a forest cut into the walls of an old delivery truck that was commissioned by Kendal Calling and Walk the Plank for the Lost Eden festival. Unfortunately, somebody set fire to the work earlier this year. You can see more of Rawling’s work on Instagram and in his online gallery.

 

 



Illustration

Animals Etched onto Dirty Cars by Illustrator Nikita Golubev

April 17, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Over the last few weeks, Moscow-based artist and illustrator Nikita Golubev has taken to the streets to etch images of animals onto the sides of completely filthy vehicles. The reductive process involves creating “clean” spots by wiping or scraping his images onto the gritty surface of each car. You can see more from his “Dirty Art” series on Facebook. (via Twisted Sifter)

 

 



Art

50 Artists Raid a Polish Scrapyard to Build a Collection of Recycled Metal Cars

August 30, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Photos courtesy Leslaw Sagan / Auto Swiat

In the Polish city of Pruszków you’ll find the Gallery of Steel Figures, an entire museum devoted to dozens of sculptures built from scrap metal salvaged from a local scrapyard. Their most recent addition is a collection of four iconic cars designed and built by roughly 50 artists over the last 5 years. The models include a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, a Bugatti Veyron, a Maserati GranTurismo, and a Lamborghini Aventador. The steel vehicles are built completely to scale and include functional doors and replica interiors. The Gallery of Steel Figures also has wide array of imposing Transformers and other pop culture figures from TV and film. You can see more car details on Carscoops. (via @menujusenja, Auto Swiat)

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