Monday, April 23, 2012

Metropolitan at UBC's Museum of Anthropology



I have a thing about Nash Metropolitans, and now there's a customized one on display at UBC's Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. The "Lois Lane Car" (she drove one in the original Superman series) may be seen at MOA's Great Hall, a gallery and performance space that has been temporarily transformed into a parking lot.

The unusual exhibit by Annie Ross, titled Forest One, is a full-size, 1956 Nash Metropolitan that Ross wrapped, twined and plaited with cedar bark and other reclaimed materials. Dr. Ross, a weaver and Assistant Professor in First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University, used bark salvaged from clear-cut urban forests -- completely transforming the car inside and out.

According to the artist, Forest One speaks of "colonization, urban sprawl, trash and remediating the urban landscape through acts of salvage."

Forest One photo courtesy Annie Ross

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