Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Farewell Marblecar: Art Car Finds a New Home

Volvo 544 exiting the same hedgerow it entered 19 years ago.
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Last week we said goodbye to our old friend the Marble Car. After sitting in our neighbor’s backyard for nearly two decades, the 1964 Volvo 544 Sport was relocated to New Paltz, NY. This was the second vintage car to leave our block after another neighbor, Gus, parted with his 1952 Dodge.



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The Marble Car had been the centerpiece of many backyard get togethers and subject or background element in hundreds of photographs both digital and analog. It was the perfect subject, quirky and eccentric yet patient and reliable.

I photographed the car many times using film at first, then transitioning to digital as my gear evolved. It was a go to subject when testing a new camera whether it be a Hasselblad H4, 8x10 Deardorff or pinhole camera made from an ice cream bucket. 
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It belonged to our neighbors, John and Sandy. The idea came to them after watching an Art Car documentary, "Wild Wheels," by Harrod Blank. They found the Volvo in Delaware and began collecting marbles, many purchased on eBay, others donated by friends. The marbles were attached to the body with clear silicone caulk.

Scott, of Jenkintown Auto, New Paltz, N.Y.

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While it was sad to see it go we take consolation in the fact that it’s new owner Scott, of Jenkintown Auto will restore it to it’s former glory.

I had the pleasure of meeting Scott and helping him and John to push it out of the yard and onto the trailer that would transport it to Upstate New York. We look forward to seeing the Volvo again, even if only in pictures and with or without marbles.



Detail, right rear fender.


Steering wheel and dash through rear window.

Lightning bolt detail.
Wynn behind the wheel.


 
Pinhole photograph taken with ice cream bucket.