The Death Trap Art Car began life as a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, with a faulty ignition switch. It was sold to a family who returned it and resold to someone who was shocked to learn that he'd been driving a deathtrap since 2010.
The news came in the form of a recall letter from General Motors. The letter from General Motors said that the car would be fixed. But not yet. While automobile owners wait for parts, cars with the same faulty ignition were responsible for 13 deaths (said General Motors, but others in the automobile business put that number at closer to 300).
A not-so-proud owner of a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, Six says that before he takes his car in to have it fixed, he's inviting artists to help him paint the outside of the vehicle with messages and imagery meant to communicate their disappointment in the slow and slimy way he says General Motors handled the recall.
Because the car is worthless -- and already Caution Tape Yellow -- it is the perfect venue for sternly worded, though poignantly beautiful, messages to General Motors about their responsibility to faultless owners, passengers and commuters.
Thus far, he has commitments from two artists. One painter is planning on doing an Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘Total Recall’ motif. “The other… She is a calligrapher and she said, you know, ‘Nothing says screw you like screw you written out really pretty.’” He is looking for others to join them.
Six is wary of driving the vehicle. He still needs to get to work or auditions. Since his model has a stick shift, he thinks he can downshift and pull over if something goes wrong.
Since he has to travel the California freeways, the painted protest will send a message of warning to residents in San Diego and Los Angeles Counties.
“I don’t want the car, even if they replace the ignition,” Six laughs. “Because I don’t trust them. For 10 years they knew this problem existed and kept making the cars and kept selling the cars while people were dying.”
Come see the DeathTrapArtCar at OnTheEdgeArtGallery this Saturday, April 26th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for the curious to see the car and hear our plans for it -- and for artists to claim their panels. Lead Artist Michael Arata will be there and calligrapher Justine Hince will be working right on the car! There are a finite number of panels so reserve yours soon!
The gallery is located at 7317 El Cajon Boulevard, La Mesa . Look for the bright yellow 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt in the parking lot.
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