“VOLKSWAGNER” VW CAR
A German car painted and sculpted with a grand Germanic theme: Wagner’s Ring opera cycle
A banner announces in German a dedication to the composer. Below, in the depths of the mighty river Rhine, three Rhinemaidens – Woglinde, Wellgunde, and Flosshilde – guard the Rhinegold. In the waters the gold is pristine ore, but soon to be seized and fashioned into a ring, it will confer on the wearer measureless power.
The hoard of Rhinegold, once made into a magical ring and helmet, has been paid to the giants Fafnir and Fasolt. Here, Fafnir has killed Fasolt, and, using the ring, has turned himself into a dragon to guard the gold.
The Valkyries, daughters of Wotan, chief of the Teutonic gods, gather fallen heroes from fields of battle and bear them aloft to Valhalla, fortress of the gods.
Wotan has condemned the Valkyrie Brunnhilde to an enchanted sleep atop a mountain crag. At his command, Loge, the god of fire, surrounds the rock with flames.
Wotan has immured himself in Valhalla in the company of heroes. He hears of the world only from his two far-flying ravens. Presiding are those watchful emissaries from the brooding god Wotan.
“ROLLING SURF” CAR
1972 MG Midet automobile, painted all over with seascapes.
Sculpted mermaids, mounted just behind the headlights, hold rear-view mirrors.
Aspirational plans for future development are discussed in a series of posts on this site, titled “Enhancing the ‘Rolling Surf’ Art Car” (tagged “seascapes”)