Amazon 131 (exhibition extended until 31st of January)1. Jan - 31. Jan 13 / ended Hundred Years Gallery
Over time, Paul Shearsmith (architect, musician, photographer) has come to see his Volvo Amazon 131 as a piece of ongoing sculpture. He bought it in 1989 with the intention of ‘Doing it up’. After several knocks (none of which were his fault) and insurance right offs, he decided to do just enough to keep it on the road. So this is the state of the car now. His first idea was to make a full size model in the manner of a paper cut out toy, which due to size restrictions was not feasible. He still wanted a full size representation of the car so he took one side of it photographed and mounted onto four rigid panels. These were then laser-cut so as to fit together like a large simple jigsaw. He completed the story of Amazon 131 taking detail photographs and further ones as in an album of the character in different situations.
“Hopefully it will end its days on bricks in a field with wildlife living in and on it. – Perhaps a future show”.
Paul Shearsmith. London, November 2012
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