Art In The Parking Lot

31 May


Introducing creativity that is low-cost and interesting.  Today, Two-Cent Tuesday shares art noticed in the parking lot. 

According to Wikipedia: An art car is a vehicle that has had its appearance modified as an act of personal artistic expression.  Art cars are often driven and owned by their creators, who are sometimes referred to as “Cartists”.

 Have you seen anything interesting lately parked in the parking lot of your favorite store?  Take time to notice the cars parked around you the next time you are in a lot.  There is creativity there if you just look around.  Vanity license plates are creative word-wise.  I like finding those and trying to figure out what they might mean.  I know the car in our driveway reads: LADY PUPS.  It stands for the local high school women’s sports mascot name not everyone would know that.  Some plates are personal, some are funny, some obvious, some in code.  It takes creativity to come up with a unique license plate assignment because only eight characters are allowed and they have to be unique.

antenna topper store.

Look around and you may also find a creative little antenna topper. I don’t see them as much as I used to but, there are still a few toppers out there that make you take a second look.

Word wraps are abound of which some are decorative, some serve as spreading a message like a bumper sticker or an advertisement on a side of a vehicle.  There is no missing those as we sit in traffic with something so visual in front of our windshields.  Even car sun shades can be a source of creativity with their styles and bright colors.  Functional to block out the sun rays, and cute and identifiable once you return to a parking lot after time spent inside a store.

On a recent trip to a nearby town, I had my camera conveniently in my purse luckily to share this photo.  Definitely creative, right?

Creativity with Cars

On a whole different level and “decorated” for a boss on Boss’ Day apparently some people had a very l o n g  lunch break to get this job done.  The source is from  This car was covered in colorful post-it paper note pages as a prank.  It’s a “pretty” prank.

Post-It covered car.

 Covered in over 2,700 cameras, and referred to as “the Panoramic Van.” The Panoramic Van was made to promote the film Automorphosis, which is about people who perform car art. Photo source from post from gearfuse.

Camera covered van.

Next time you are out and about on the road, in traffic, or in a parking lot.  Take note if you see an automobile with flair and personality.   Chances are that a creative

person is also associated with that car.
I know that when my kids were little, and we were seemingly always be in the car I would often decorate the inside of the van for a holiday.  Using cling on decal-stickers, I would put them on the inside of the windows and that would give our car a little bit of personality.  I even found light up decorations when it was the holiday season that we could put in the windows that looked like candles. Fun stuff!
If you spend a lot of time in your car, why not make it a more special place to be?
 Do you have a creative idea to “decorate” your car- if you had the chance and guts?

2 Responses to “Art In The Parking Lot”

  1. clubcreativestudio May 31, 2011 at 12:25 PM #

    I don’t know the actual artist but, they were inventive. I once wrote love notes on a few stacks post-it notes and “decorated” the inside my husbands car with them. When he discovered them after his long workday- he enjoyed them to a point…he had to take them all off to drive home, that took him a while!

  2. Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A. May 31, 2011 at 12:17 PM #

    Loved how that person turned the menacing, aggressive Chrysler demon into an inviting view!

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