Thursday, April 3, 2014

Call to artists from a friend of OnTheEdge

Call to artists: send message to GM on car

Attention San Diego visual artists:
Is your art going places? Have you ever wanted your art to move at 65 miles per hour? What would you say to thousands of commuters every day?

If you have answers to these questions, DeathTrapArtCar wants you.

The Death Trap Art Car began life as a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, with a faulty ignition switch.  It was sold to a family who returned it and resold to someone who was shocked to learn that he'd been driving a deathtrap since 2010.  The news came in the form of a recall letter from General Motors.

The letter from General Motors said that the car would be fixed.  But not yet.  While automobile owners wait for parts, cars with the same faulty ignition were responsible for 13 deaths (said General Motors, but others in the automobile business put that number at closer to 300).

300+ preventable deaths and the car cannot be fixed for lack of parts.  Instead, GM wants owners to reduce the number of keys on their rings, which they say will solve the problem. Until the faulty ignition can be replaced.  Then, ostensibly, the car will be fixed better?

In the meantime the 2007 Cobalt has $0 resale value and might just turn itself (and the airbags) off while driving.  The owner of this car cannot afford a new one and really thinks people should be warned that his car might just stop working and start killing people.

That's where you come in.

Because the car is worthless -- and already Caution Tape Yellow -- it is the perfect venue for sternly worded, though poignantly beautiful, messages to General Motors about their responsibility to faultless owners, passengers and commuters. The website was designed to attract artists to the project, document their progress, and showcase the art via videos and pictures of the DeathTrapArtCar as it commutes, vacations and visits large gatherings, events and functions.

If you have a masterpiece that you'd like to paint on (or otherwise permanently attach to) the fastest art gallery in the world, DeathTrapArtCar might be just for you. If you are interested, please email us with your idea and how you'd like to execute it.

Artists will be chosen soon.  Thanks and here's that email address!

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