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ROLL IT: Vintage Volkswagen Crumpled Into A Sphere

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This is the 1953 Volkswagen Beetle exterior that was crumpled into a sphere by Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor. I think we can all agree it makes a powerful statement about how fun it would be to push that thing down a hill.

He got his idea of this piece from his personal perception that objects are products of a "transportation culture," which induced hints and signs of spiritual emotion.


For this sculpture / installation, real parts from VW Beetle '53 is used as raw materials, and combined with aluminium and polyester to form this majestic sphere measuring 180 x 180 x 180 cm.

Great, now I want a sphere car. And by sphere car I mean one of those flying bubble cars from The Jetson's. *puts hand up for a high-five* Awwwww yeah, somebody around here knows what I'm talking about! Right? Somebody. Somebody in here is going to give me a high-five. No? Screw it, I'm taking this high-five OUTSIDE, somebody will appreciate it. You sir -- high-five if you love boobs.

Hit the jump for a couple more shots.

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Thanks to Ethan, who agrees it would have been weird if that was the boulder that was chasing Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

There are Comments.
  • Sean Carter

    some pretty unique art, i just purchased a Volkswagen in Mission and must admit when i first saw this it scared me a bit, I would hate to see my car like that!

  • C-Los

    what a waste of brand new looking tires :)

  • Closet Nerd

    Anyone else remember Bumble Bee as a VW Bug?
    I feel like I remember seeing that back in the 80s

  • Scruffy imagines some old man seeing it in a parking lot, and muttering "damn kids".

  • Rick_McRockock

    Just once I'd like to see an art installation where the artist says "It just looks cool" instead of having to shoehorn in some inane meaning behind it.

  • Jon B.

    what does the other side look like? A sphere is 360 degrees in all ways, but all of the photos are from one point of view. Someone quick grab that woman, and the guy in the red shirt & take their cameras!!! I am sure the NSA does not want photos from the dark side of the bug to bee seen.

  • Bumble Bee's failed attempt at self-fellatio

  • Tyler AitchKay

    Well, no one's gonna top that.

  • Idlethoughts

    "What the heck were you doing Bumble Bee!"

    "Sorry Prime, I-I was just trying to be a triple-changer, and it seemed like such a good idea at the time... "

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