Since the automobile was introduced over 100 years ago, steel has been the primary material used in their fabrication. Of course, some early models actually used wood in their constructions. Many manufacturers have added aluminum, which is becoming more and more prevalent. Others have used plastic to varying degrees of success. Carbon fiber is common in high-end sports cars. It is obvious that many different materials lend themselves to use in automotive applications, but one that I don't see being a success is brick!
This Mercedes coupe made entirely out of red brick is sitting in a nearby art park. I'm not sure exactly what statement the artist was trying to make. Was it about how cars take up such a large and permanent role in our lives? How we are a throw-away generation that buys cars that will last a few years and then buy a new one? Or is he just a Mercedes fan and had some extra bricks lying around? No matter what the reason, this sculpture is very well designed, and the amount of detail is impressive considering the choice of construction material.
Even the interior showed remarkable detail. It has clearly been in the park for a long time, judging by the weathered look of it, but it still attracted many curious people the day I was there. I may not know what inspired the artist to build this brick-and-mortar car, but I sure can appreciate the work that went into it. My only suggestion is that prospective buyers not take the term 'kick the tires' literally!
Has anyone ever seen something similar; a car sculpture or model built from something other than typical automotive materials? I'd love to see pictures if you have some to share, either by email or on the Facebook page for TheAutomotiveAttic.
Welcome! My name is Paul, and I am an old-fashioned, low-pressure, low-buck car fan with lots of automotive stories to tell!