Tuesday, April 3, 2007

NASCAR Wreckage Is Beautiful Thing To Artist

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Wrecking your car can be a beautiful thing – if you’re artist Steve Maloney.

He’s building a career as a “NASCAR-tist” by creating sculptures made completely out of destroyed NASCAR cars.

Maloney showcases his designs in the new book, This Is Where The Rubber Meets The Road (Maloney Gallery), and says he’s always been a fan of fast cars.

However, he didn’t start turning them into art until about a year and a half ago when he was inspired after watching a NASCAR race on TV.

Since then, Maloney looks for pieces of crashed race cars online, and spends up to $600 for a detached grill or hood he can use in his pieces.

Says Maloney: “I would take anything. Even pieces with tire marks, dents or other damages – it was all art to me.”

He admits the cars’ colorful logos helped bring new depth to each piece, and he found the Hooters logo to be especially inspiring.

As he put it, “I used several pieces with the Hooters logo. It was really easy to transform it and mold it into a piece.”

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