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art cars (long)

June 17th, 2007 at 04:50 am

Saving log - $lots, see later in the post
Spending log - $20 for 2 breakfasts, $5 lemonade

This weekend's the Fremont Fair, which I usually don't go to even though its free - it just concentrates badly behaved people - but I wanted to see the art cars. I didn't realize that Seattle hosted the 3rd largest art car gathering in the US.

Here's one using materials familiar to a blogger:

This one can only be described as a tart car, with black bras and curlers on the top:

A working fountain on the hood?

This one has a wicked sculptural quality to it - the top of the windshield has the words 'outta my way' in mirror image, so you could see them that way in your rear view mirror.

Art cars intersect with frugality in weird sorts of ways. For instance, the one thing that art cars share is that the car part is all paid off; I'm sure that GM Financing takes a very dim view of gluing black bras on the hood of a car that you are still paying on. Smile. In most cases, the materials used as a motif for the car - discs, lingerie, beads, chalk, paint, match box cars, pennies - are usually cheap or worthless. Making something out of nothing, as it were. And you have to be very, very willing to live with and still use the results.

Today I also received the 4th payment from dad's estate. The state of Wisconsin signed off and is buying our 2nd piece of property, but that money hasn't come into the estate yet. With this 4th payment, the sale of the first property is now divided up between sister and I. The amount is small enough so it would be FDIC insured as a CD, but large enough that its weird to see it as a simple slip of paper. Shouldn't it have a gilt frame or something?

6 Responses to “art cars (long)”

  1. LuxLivingFrugalis Says:

    Cool pictures! I like the one w/the working fountain!

  2. koppur Says:

    Oh, I LOVE art cars!!!!

  3. Amber Says:

    I did not get the first one (familar to a blogger) but they are neat

  4. baselle Says:

    Amber - oops. They are 5 1/4 in floppy discs, the ancestor to a 3 in square floppy disc, which isn't floppy. And then glued all along the windshield are keys from a keyboard.

  5. fern Says:

    holy mackerel! So that's what you call these. Years ago on vacation (it was probably somewhere on the west coast) I saw an 'art car' covered with green moss.

  6. Amber Says:

    Oh...thanks now I feel like an idiot

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