"Curing depression, one smile at a time."
~ 2013 ~
The Squirly Whirly Art Car Story
Once upon a time . . . I bought an old Granny car from Boise, ID that had been sitting in a garage collecting dust for 20 years.
I knew it was going to become
something, but had no idea what. One day, I was shopping at my
local fabric store and saw there was a 75% off sale sign over in the corner….
I saw Gnomes… I sauntered closer to take a look. I have a thing for
Gnomes; the only problem is they are all too perky and happy. I have
been looking for an angry Gnome or at least a sarcastic wise ass
Gnome for my collection. No luck (I’ll have to make some of my own)
but behind the cheerful hairy little men was a portly large garden
ornament Squirrel. I picked him up and he looked to me like…a guy
whose name could be….Larry. Yes, Larry the Squirrel before we
made to the check out line. He had a crack in him and they took
off even more at the register. The next day I fixed him up as good
as new and decided to glue him as a hood ornament to my car.
2009 SQ~ The later that season I replaced the tea lights with 650 Mylar pinwheels and a couple more Solar Squirrels to keep Larry Company. I debuted her in the Maker Faire 2009, named Squirly Whirly.
2010 SQ1.0~ The next year I got really into recycled art and hand-made pinwheels out of recycled aluminum cans and fiber glassed 165 of them to the car! Larry was vandalized in the Haight Ashbury Dist. of San Francisco one night and lost his tail, so he got a Cape to hide the damage and Larry got 20 new squirrel body guards and 18 big solar lights. Larry is now a hippie hater.
2011 SQv2.0~ The next year, I added a nut mosaic to the entire dashboard, and furry interior. Removed the solar lights that worked for about 3 months until they rusted out due to the salty sea air living on the Pacific ocean. Larry was vandalized twice in front of my house in Pacifica, CA. BASTARDS! They abducted 8 squirrels, never seen again. I started working with Surf Board Resin and added new aerodynamic aluminum can pinwheels, more squirrels and met Larry's long lost cousin, Lawrence. He is 3 times the size of Larry and is trained in squirrel Kung-Fu. He purposely has not had his shots. We went to the Seattle Art car Blowout, and got to cruise the West Coast of the U.S. It was AWESOME FUN!!!!!!!
She was looking shabby and road worn. One day at work I got a note on my dashboard asking about my car. I called them and found out that they wanted to have Squirly Whirly on a CBS Affiliate local television show, "Eye On The Bay". I had two days to shine her up... here is the show!
CHECK OUT MY 15 MINUTES OF NUTTY FAME HERE!
2012 ~SQV3.0 MAY 27, 2012 Squirly Whirly has been fully upgraded was debuted at the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary festival!
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