Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Car art December 3, 2013

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I WAS NEAR GIDDY as I crossed the Buckham Memorial Library parking lot.

Car art, side view

There, there sat that car. That car. The one I’ve watched zoom up the street past my Faribault home many times.

I’ve always wanted to photograph this Joseph’s coat of many colors automobile. And now, with my camera available, I could.

Car art, side view 2

But wouldn’t you know, just as I grabbed my Canon from the van, droplets of rain spurted from the sky. I folded my camera inside my cardigan and hurried toward the car to snap a few quick frames.

Car art, back of

Close up, I noticed that what I thought to be duct tape was, instead, reflective tape in primary colors plus black, white and brown adhered to this Cadillac Cimarron.

I got my photos. Now I need the story.

Who owns this work of art?

Why is this Caddy covered in tape? Is the owner making an artistic statement? Or was this tape adhered for some practical reason?

Thoughts? Let’s hear.

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


28 Responses to “Car art”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    It’s all tape???? Not paint??? It is awesome and truly a work of art. Judging from the age of the car I suspect it started out as a repair project and they spiffed it up and couldn’t stop! I hope you find out the answer to who it belongs to and why they did it!!!

  2. Jackie Says:

    This would make for a great story, looks like someone spent alot of time making sure the lines were straight, it’s actually quite a masterpiece 🙂

  3. Thread crazy Says:

    What an idea…..maybe the car needed a paint job, couldn’t afford it and decided to do it this way. Let’s hope you do indeed find out “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say….

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Always loved Paul Harvey’s stories. Next time I see that car parked somewhere, I will leave a note on the windshield. I promise.

  4. Allan Says:

    Perhaps the owner of the car at the time, ordered a tape deck, but got “Tape Bedecked” instead! But, that’s the way the “Cimarron Rolls”, especially with lots of butter.

  5. treadlemusic Says:

    Tape???!!!!!!! Really!!!!!????? I most definitely need to know the “rest of the story”!!!!!!!!!! Your assignment, if you wish to accept it…………. Hugs……..

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Now that’s interesting, Amy. Clearly you know your art, including this similar style of Dutch art. I appreciate your tipping us off to this possibility.

  6. hotlyspiced Says:

    I can’t believe it’s been done by tape! What an unusual look for a car. I wonder if this type of ‘car-styling’ will become a trend! xx

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Isn’t it just the coolest car? You should ask the “car expert” in your house for his opinion on the car.

  7. Mike Says:

    Almost reminds me of the bus from the Partridge Family. In my opinion, if we can have duct tape prom dresses why not car art?

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      You’re dating yourself, Mike. But that’s OK. The 70s are my era.

      I thought this was duct tape on the car, too, until my husband corrected me and said it was reflective tape. Whatever kind of tape, people find plenty of ways to express their creativity with it.

      • Mike Says:

        Oh well, my dwindling hair supply is dating itself so that’s ok. As a graphic designer, I’m on board w/ all sorts of creativity as long as it isn’t just trying to pass off filth as art.

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        I’m with you. “Clean” art, please. Be sure to check back tomorrow for another art post.

  8. How crazy that the car goes past your house all the time! It reminds me of Lego. And that’s why I like it!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      It passes my house quite often, often enough that I notice. But who wouldn’t notice a car like this. I like your comparison to Legos.

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