As a kid, I thought being creative meant you were an artist…somebody who painted or drew pretty pictures.
It wasn’t until I was in college and an instructor tagged me for turning in a creative music education project that I realized I needed to expand my definition of creativity.
Fast forward to a few months ago and another paradigm shift: the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh hosted Rolling Sculpture, an exhibition of 14 rare cars and 3 motorcycles representing the best designs from Art Deco period of the 1930s and 1940s.
Hmmm. <All sorts of wheels turning here>
Join me at the museum, and see for yourself.
I never thought of automobiles as art.
Though my gear head Spouse/Editor could've told me otherwise. According to the NCMA, its Rolling Sculpture exhibit offered examples of car design with artistic flair, innovation and elegance. It showcased ...decorative arts with industrial design, luxury and glamour…a perfect metal canvas.
The detail work on these beauties was AMAZING! The Art Deco influences and craftsmanship screamed hubba-hubba!!!
....car design with artistic flair, innovation and elegance. Decorative arts with industrial design luxury and glamour…a perfect metal canvas
Bugatti’s Aerolithe concept car was the only one of its kind ever assembled. It looked like a helmet worn by the Flash or a Roman soldier back in the day. I wouldn’t mind driving one around town for groceries or a trip to the library, especially if Señor Bugatti was good on gas.
My favorite was the 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow. The Arrow simply oozed class. This beauty was the glam Jean Harlow of automobiles of its day….gleaming, sleek and sexy. (Mercy! Did I just call a car sexy?!?!?)
The builder of the 1936 Voisin C28 Clairiere wanted to give the impression you were driving an airplane. What do you think?
It could also serve as a car pool vehicle for Voldemort’s lesser minions. I'd let the Malfoys ride in it (they were nasty but turned out ok in the end.)
Wouldn't you love to cruise down the highway in this sleek 1930 Henderson KJ motorcycle or this '41 Chrysler's eye-popping red convertible?
What do you think about creativity and chrome now? Where do you and your young readers find creativity? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.
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5/22/2017 09:04:53 am
Great post Cat, so fun and interesting.
5/24/2017 08:05:17 am
Powerful words, Rosie: "...seeing the wonders of art everywhere." I am striving for that sight, too. Thanks for coming along to Rolling Sculpture with me.
5/22/2017 11:11:01 am
Such beautiful cars (and motorcycle)! I think I love all things Deco. Love your photographs -- yet another of your artistic talents!
5/23/2017 08:54:16 am
Art Deco and Art Nouveau are two of my fave design periods, Debra! We are lucky to have their designs at our local art museum. Appreciate your feedback about the photographs -:D
5/24/2017 10:46:58 am
Fun post. Art in cars...hmmm. I'll have to see where else I see art today!
5/25/2017 04:14:26 pm
LOL - I'm learning art is truly all around, Carol....even after all these years -:D Enjoyed your company at the art museum.
5/24/2017 11:04:18 pm
Artistic design is definitely in cars and motorcycles. Thanks for sharing.
5/25/2017 04:12:24 pm
I never thought of vehicles as art until I saw these beauties, Joan. Thanks for visiting them with me.
5/25/2017 08:41:28 pm
You're very welcome.
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