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What if the DeLorean in ‘Back to the Future’ was an Old Fiat?

Thursday 04.03.2014 , Posted by
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If Marty McFly tried speeding back to the future in an old Fiat 500 instead of a DeLorean, would he even make it to 88.8 miles per hour? It’s questionable. Graphic Designer/Illustrator Gerald Bear’s great new series, Unconventional Heroes, imagines a world where the cars in our favorite cult films and television are a lot less super… and far, far smaller. [Read more...]

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Is this Infinite Traffic, or A Celebration of American Iron?

Thursday 02.13.2014 , Posted by
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A literally endless stream of Matchbox and Hotwheels toy cars threads its way through the air, looping around a möbius strip that forms the symbol for infinity. The work is part of artist Chambliss Giobbi’s new exhibition American Iron, a show that explores the “inventiveness, expanse, and ultimate collapse” of a uniquely American culture. [Read more...]

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One Cool Ride: A Drivable Truck Carved From Ice

Friday 01.03.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen lots of art cars over the past years, but never one that would melt away in warm weather. Canadian Tire, an automotive company that makes batteries, decided to put their cold weather MotoMaster Eliminator battery to the test by putting it inside a completely frozen truck and then driving it around town. Now, if that isn’t a Canadian experience, nothing is! [Read more...]

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12 Crazy Christmas Decorated Cars

Thursday 12.19.2013 , Posted by
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Tis the season to be jolly and decorate like crazy, right? In our neighborhoods during the holiday season, there is always that one neighbor who goes above and beyond the common Christmas decor standards and makes their local utility company very happy. Well, what about cars? [Read more...]

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A Video of Midday Traffic Reorganized by Color (Part of Cy Kuckenbaker’s Rhythm Exploring ‘San Diego Studies’)

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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If it seems like there are a load of silver and white cars on the road, you are completely correct. Getting stuck in rush hour traffic, it’s just one of those things you notice as you stare around aimlessly hoping for a break in the gridlock. Cy Kuckenbaker has just given us a whole new appreciation for this colorful rhythm, using After Effects to sort out cars by color in footage of State Route 163 in San Diego. His editing is convincing, giving the highly trafficked segment of freeway a look of unusually perfect organization. [Read more...]

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Disintegrating: Exploded Exotic Cars by Fabian Oefner

Wednesday 12.04.2013 , Posted by

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In the blink of an eye, the classic Mercedes stopped in front of you perfectly explodes into a million pieces, spraying mufflers, brake calipers and intake manifolds high into the air. At least that’s what it looks like is happening in Fabian Oefner’s surprising new series. We’re fond to Oefner’s visually stunning work, but usually it involves slinging paint around his immaculately clean studio, or at least playing with ferrofluid, magnets and water colors – this series is something completely new. And don’t worry, no classic cars were harmed in the making of these images – despite how real they look, these are actually tiny models. [Read more...]

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A Thinly Sliced Citroën DS by the Legendary Gabriel Orozco

Monday 11.04.2013 , Posted by

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Here’s an oldie but a goodie, and we don’t mean just the car. This work of conceptual art comes from Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, who back in 1993 sliced a classic (no, legendary) Citroën DS in two and perfectly narrowed the car into a single seater. The resulting work is so convincingly normal from the side, yet so bizarrely narrow from the front or rear. The piece predates recent ‘car warping’ sculptures like those of Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor (whose Volkswagen Beetle’s are formed into a surprisingly perfect sphere and cube). Orozco’s work keeps the car far more intact, leaving people to wonder at its functionality, how it was done, and whether they are seeing clearly. [Read more...]

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The Aeromobil Flying Car Makes its First Flight… and it’s Seriously Sexy

Sunday 10.20.2013 , Posted by

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It’s official: the future is here. You might remember a few weeks ago when I asked “Where’s my flying car?!” I detailed many of the past and present designs that have tried to take the automobile skyward, but I missed one example that has just made its first flight – and it’s a seriously stunning machine! [Read more...]

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Realistic Street Scenes Created Using Model Cars, Forced-Perspective and a $250 Point & Shoot Camera

Wednesday 10.16.2013 , Posted by

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Some guys never grow up. For example, I can’t walk by a Hot Wheels toy car display without coveting those tiny 4-wheeled machines – something about my youthful car lust comes back to me. Michael Paul Smith is doing something about it though. This model maker, collector and photographer has been creating inspired forced perspective shots using his small-scale vintage cars, making them look as real as a movie set – or reality for those who remember. [Read more...]

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Where’s My Flying Car?! The Best and Worst Examples of the Last 100 Years

Wednesday 09.11.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes life offers you some pretty fun compromises. When I was 14 my dad gave me an amazing offer: get braces, or get a pilots license. As many people would guess, to this day I have an awesomely crooked grin. Flying is a great pastime and gives you a new perspective of the world, opening up remote locations that would take hours or days to access by car… if you can get there at all. There is one glaring issue with flying however: once you land to that blazingly hot parking lot they call an airport, how do you get where you really want to go? Enter the flying car or roadable aircraft. [Read more...]

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