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ROLL IT: Vintage Volkswagen Crumpled Into A Sphere


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.




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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