A few years ago, I went to Austin Texas to visit my sister, and being a car-enthusiast family, it was only appropriate that we went to the Austin Art Car Parade. I had no idea what to expect, but what we witnessed that day was bizarre on a level that cannot be explained in human words. However, I will do my best.
It began with some cars covered in various objects, like action figures, bottle caps, mini-dinosaurs, and corks. Following that came the more elaborate vehicles that were changed into shapes and sizes that would make you question what was in your orange juice earlier that morning. What could possibly follow those you ask? Well, the really really really strange stuff of course. A giant spoon covered spider that leaped into motion with hydraulics and gracefully frighteningly sauntered down the road with a guy (artist, Mark Bradford) saddled on it’s back. It was as if this guy wrangled a giant, futuristic alien arachnid and trained it to be his friend. One thing led to another, a hydraulic line broke, and my dad, my brother and I helped Mark get “Rancha” (That’s the spider’s name) to the side of the road for quick repair. It was one of those moments when you aren’t sure whether to help, run, or cry. Oh what a strange scene it was.
Would I go to another Art car parade? Absolutely, without a doubt. Seeing restored cars and hot rods is one thing, but seeing a car turned into a bunny is a whole separate, intriguingly enjoyable, ball game.
This is a short clip I found of “Rancha” in action.