Are These Amazing Creations Cars Or Art?

Art Car

Photo: L. Marie via flickr

Ever since the car replaced the horse as the main mode of personal transportation, people have been working to individualize them.While some owners prefer to enhance performance with changes underneath the skin, others have gone the opposite route with paint jobs and body modifications that range from the mundane to the insane.

On the spectrum of exterior modifications, art cars are the most outlandish you can find on the road today.  BMW famously gave its cars to a number of legendary artists to see how their art would change when the canvas became a car.

But there are also aspiring artists that use the car as their canvas. Some are tasteful while others are borderline crazy.

We have a feeling that this van is not an official Homeland Security vehicle as the writing on top says.

This artist is obviously a skilled metalworker and craftsman. We just wish the car he created wasn't so terrifying.

The level of detail that can be incorporated into a car that is still driven on the roads is amazing.

This Prius went for a bird motif...all the way down to the licence plates.

While paint is one way to modify the car, adding coloured tiles, like those you'd see on a bathroom floor, is another way to modify the car. This Alfa Spider has now taken on a stained glass theme.

It's good to see that the artists aren't using expensive cars as their canvas of choice.

Sometimes art can be functional, like preparing for some sort of apocalyptic event.

Anyone speak Latin?

We find this car a little disconcerting. First off, Miatas are meant to be lightweight. Secondly, it appears that there are bits of dolls, like legs, affixed to the body.

This one proves that the inspiration for an art car can really come from anywhere, even fruit.

Apparently, the art car culture is pretty large. Houston hosts a parade for artists to show off their art on wheels.

It actually looks like a pretty popular event and is probably tons of fun to attend.

Art cars are definitely polarising. Most are a love/hate experience with very few people in between. In that sense, they are very similar to any piece of art.

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