I saw this on the Sundance Channel's blog this morning and had to share... We've all heard about The Governator getting his Hydrogen powered Hummer delivered courtesy of GM, but New York based artist Jeremy Dean had different intentions for his newly purchased Hummer... turning it into a horse cart. Yes, I said horse cart.
Why you ask? Well, during the recent economic climate, Dean started reading about the Great Depression of the 1930's and came across something called "Hoover Carts". During part of the great depression when Herbert Hoover was president, many auotomobile owners could not afford gasoline to power their cars so would cut off the rear end of the vehicle, attach a tounge and pull it as a cart with either a horse or mule. Others simply took the rear end housing out of the car, built a wooden cart over the housing and pull this with a horse or mule. These carts acquired the nickname "Hoover Carts" in "honor" of President Hoover.
With that in mind, Mr. Dean decided to turn a "perfectly good" Hummer H2 that he purchased for $15,000 into a horse drawn cart. We'll let the artist explain the why:
At this time of record financial gains, the auto industry began producing ever extravagant cars and these huge American gas guzzlers became a status symbol in society leading to increased demand for oil and fuel prices soared. So with our very American idea of Manifest Destiny, we meddle in any country that has oil and send our men and women into harms way so that we can continue consuming almost 80% of the worlds resources. But how long can that last?My own satirical prediction of the future: Unless we come up with alternative fuel sources and rethink our reliance on a hyper-inflated consumer based economy, we may be left with no other options than to hook our cars up to a horse. As a symbol of this I [will] take either a Cadillac Escalade or HUMMER H2, which have become monuments to America's consumption, greed and arrogance, and convert it to a horse cart. The cart will maintain all its former glitz and glamour: chrome rims, GPS, working sound system, DVD player, and TV screens. But [it] will be pulled by a horse.
Mr. Dean sunk his life savings into this "art project" and is hoping to sell it to recoup his investment. As one blogger pointed out, "Isn't purchasing art, for what we can only assume costs an entire briefcase full of Franklins, just as much of a 'status symbol' as big, ungainly luxury SUVs?" I say touché!