With gas prices the way they are today, not many people would have much use for an 85′ Dodge Ram Van. While some might just take the van to a junk yard or let it collect dust in their driveway, Kim Adams saw in it the perfect medium for an art installation and his final product, Auto Lamp, illuminated Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto. Adams refers to his piece as “an oversized lamp for night owls” or a “lighthouse on land”.
In order to create the luminous, rotating “van-dalier”, Adams punctured swirls of holes all over the exterior of the van, so that the light from within radiates out in beautiful beams from every direction. The Canadian artist is known for manipulating pop culture objects and is well respected in Toronto’s art scene. Just this year he won the $50,000 2012 Gershon Iskowitz Prize for his contributions to Canada’s visual arts scene over the past four decades.