Lipstick Car Makeover!
What's going to be changed?
Included in this transformation is a brand new GIANT tube of lipstick for the roof that will animate just like a real tube of lipstick! More recycled lipstick tubes and compacts and light up features will be permanently glued to the exterior. The engine will get a much needed new transmission!
How did this all start?When I showed my paintings in a 2009 art show called "Lipstick", I was left with a 6 foot tall tube of lipstick sculpture, which I'd created as a gimmick for the show. My wonderful brother, Scott welded an attachment for the lipstick, so I could put it on the luggage rack. I kissed the car 1000 times and used my own lipstick to write "The Lipstick Car" on the hood and I drove it in its first parade! Since then I've added lipstick tubes, compacts, and mirrors. I drive it everywhere and blow kisses to the world wherever I go.
This car gets around!
With the help of some fantastic art organizations, the Lipstick Car has travelled across the country. You may have seen this art car at: Art Tougeau in Lawrence, Kansas; Central Art Car Exhibit in Omaha, Nebraska; Scenic City Art Car Weekend (Art 120) in Chattanooga, TN; the World's Largest Art Car Parade (The Orange Show & Houston Art Car Parade ) in Houston, TX; North Carolina Museum of Art (Porsche By Design) in Raleigh, NC; the Seattle Art Car Blowout in Seattle, WA.
In Minneapolis, The Lipstick Car is a regular at the ArtCar Parade, the Minnesota State Fair , Art-A-Whirl , the Art Shanty Projects ' "Art Cars On Ice" (we drive our cars on the frozen lake, for real!) and I've even ridden the big sculpture down the hill at the Art Sled Rally !
Who's doing the work?
Money raised will pay for supplies and labor for the work to be done by talented engineer & dear friend, Willis Bowman of Leonardo's Basement and my most trusted mechanic & loving brother, Scott Paulson. I'll be adding the lipsticks, compacts and lights myself.
In Minnesota, Art Cars were ranked the #1 Bizarre!
What's the deadline?
We need money now to buy parts to proceed with the project. The work will be completed over the winter months (in Minnesota that gives us until April. No, I'm not kidding). The big unveiling will be held at the 2016 Maker's Faire on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The car will then make its way around the U.S., to be shown at many art car events.
The Lipstick Car (pic) at Burning Man:
I would love to have your help!
Many of you know, this project has been a dream of mine for quite a while. I've envisioned a motorized version of the giant tube and sharing the new art with everyone I meet. I am so happy to have finally found the team to make it happen.
I am grateful for donations of any amount. For larger donations, I've included some incentive thank you gifts.
Thank you very much for your consideration and for reading this to the very end!
Thanks for photos by: Max Haynes, Jerry Jaz, Larry LaBonte, Paul McRae, Larry Miller, Linda Nelson, Elizabeth Paulson, Zay Perez, Maureen Sullivan and Amy Wurdock
First of all, let me thank you again for your donations! Cash and in-kind support is making this project a reality. THANK YOU!!!
In my search for a new transmission, I found another white Pontiac Vibe for just under $5000. It's a 2007 with lower miles, auto transmission (the old one is a stick), sun roof, power everything, great sound system and expensive wheels. So, I bought it!
My awesome brother, Scott is transferring all the better components from the old car to the new car. Keeping the tires, but sandblasting the new wheels & repainting those to match the new lipstick on the roof. Saving the old spare, sun visors, wiper blades because I had nicer ones on the old car. The old car will be sold for parts.
Engineer Bow has been working on the big tube, with all the features I want. He’s creating the six foot tube with a power window motor to make it animate like a real tube of lipstick and applying a durable fiberglass exterior. We picked out paint on Friday. It's going to be bright red with red flake, VERY flashy!
I've met with Brian at NE-Art Custom Neon
in NE Minneapolis, who will be making a light up neon side that says “The Lipstick Car” for nighttime events. Light up wheel wells are in the plans too.
More to come soon…..