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Monday, 03 June 2019 18:54

On the Lighter Side: 15 Amateur Mechanics Who Turned Their Cars Into Works of Art

Written by Saoirse Kerrigan, Interesting Engineering
Left: The Heavy Meta Dragon art car, based in Canada. Right: A Chevy car known as 'Swamp Mutha,' created by collage artist, Ann Harithas. Left: The Heavy Meta Dragon art car, based in Canada. Right: A Chevy car known as 'Swamp Mutha,' created by collage artist, Ann Harithas. Courtesy of Interesting Engineering

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4. Swamp Mutha: A Moving Collage

 

Created by collage artist, Ann Harithas, Swamp Mutha is a mobile ode to the bayous and swamps of America. It is now housed in the Houston Car Art Museum, allowing visitors to get an up-close and personal view of the incredible vehicle.

 

The Chevy features not only skull and alligator adornments, but also a series of detailed and evocative paintings across the body of the car, and gold-rimmed wheels

 

5. The Golden Mean: The Intersection Between Mathematics and Art

 

Named after the mathematic principle behind aesthetics, this giant snail was created by blacksmith and artist Jon Sarriugarte. The base of the project was a 1966 VW Bug, which only seems fitting.

 

The car comes equipped with an 800-watt sound system and can shoot rings of fire from its head.

 

6. Neverwas Haul: A Victorian Mansion on Wheels

 

Neverwas Haul was constructed from 75% recycled materials and measures an impressive 24 feet long (7.3 meters) and 24 feet high.

 

The remarkable mobile house made its debut in 2006 and has been wowing spectators at festivals and art car events since. Created by Obtainium Works, an art collective based in California, it is one of several projects that attempts to create mechanical art from found items.

 

7. Bixi 909: A Dragon With a Team of 120 People

 

Created by creative community, Moonwalk Mission, the Bixi 909 can carry up to 100 people. It features a pagoda housing a DJ booth, as well as a dance floor and stripper pole.

 

Bixi's dragon head can spit flames, and is maintained by a camp of up to 120 people each year.

 

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8. Golden Gate Bridge: An American Landmark Gone Mobile

 

The Golden Gate Bridge debuted at 2013's Burning Man to a hugely positive response. Built and operated by Reno's No Town Beats, the art car brought the spirit of a San Francisco landmark to the middle of the desert.

 

The bridge's platform operates as a stage for DJs, allowing the car to travel and host musical events.

 

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