World’s Freakiest Custom Ford Coming to Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction
Next month, Barrett-Jackson will attempt to auction This kind of non-running, plastic-grafted abstract interpretation of a Torino. Illinois artist Ioan Florea has an enigmatic theory behind his 2013 creation, saying which the idea symbolizes the bridge between the second Industrial Revolution which peaked with Henry Ford’s assembly line along with the third Industrial Revolution of 3D printing, today aborning.
Florea, born along with raised in Communist-era Transylvania, specializes in textured paintings along with sculptures which involve printing plastic skeletal formations along with dousing them in metallic pigments. During his childhood, Florea’s automotive world was defined by soulless Dacias, so an imported 1971 Torino—almost nobody’s dream car in our country—was like an exotic temptress, built inside the same year the artist was born. Perhaps his fascination with bones helps explain the idea. If you were a little boy digging up animal skeletons in a country where people buried them to avoid jail (hunting was widely prohibited), perhaps the idea could make sense to cover a Torino with 3D-printed plastic resembling calcified warts along with vertebrae. (along with you thought you along with your buddies did the wildest, most unspeakable things with ’70s muscle cars.)
In 2013, Florea said he wasn’t sure there could be any “commercial value” to his Torino, although he can be today convinced which someone at the Scottsdale auction who won’t bother bidding on Barrett-Jackson’s pristine 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo will prefer his artistic statement, a silvery tribute to the malaise era. Name your cost, folks: There’s no reserve. Any offer should be considered generous.