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Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Anti-Hummers

Posted by on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Last Saturday I was one of four judges for aLIVe—A Low Impact Vehicle Exhibition—at Seward Park. It was the brainchild of Cheryl dos Remedios, who in a recent column I called "a well-placed, well-dressed radical." (This city needs more of those.)

Dos Remedios wants to change the world, but on Saturday she settled for raising a little awareness. The exhibition she organized included all sorts of "vehicle" alternatives.

Nicole Kistler's lovable monster is the opposite of a monster truck: it's a golf cart turned into a hairy garden (rosemary, strawberries, mint, pansies) powered by remote control. She sees it as a companion for a walk through a denuded part of the city—take it anywhere and set up an al fresco lunch next to it.

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If We Could Move Forward, In Good Faith, By Our Intentions Alone is Susanna Bluhm's continuous roll of words and images.

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The kids of the YMCA Camp Colman (with artist Lucas Spivey) made this ghost truck by covering a 1987 Ford Ranger with 8 layers of white paper that collect pollution as it drives.

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Clair Colquitt, a longtime Seattle inventor from central casting (he's wearing the goggles in this image), made Nopsicle Joe using all recycled materials. It's a pedaled buggy, and the best part is that it plays music in response to a silver ball rolling around on top of it (in an adaptation of the Fisher Price toy the Jammin' Draw).

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An adorable dad-and-daughter routine involved space travel, and one of my favorite parts of the exhibition was not a sculpture but a social sculpture: the Undriver Licensing Station, where you could pose for your Undriver's License with props (beanie with propellers, Viking helmet, toy bus), promise to find a way to reduce your car use "in a way that works for you," the extremely kindly volunteers said, and receive a feeling of goodwill and free bus passes in return. You can still get unlicensed, here.

Photos from more aLIVe projects here.

 

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Will in Seattle 1
Free bus passes sound good ...
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on August 27, 2009 at 4:21 PM · Report this
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Kind of a Mad Max for Flower People.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on August 27, 2009 at 4:23 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
Now if we could just get an algae-fueled flame longboard, we'd have a winner.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on August 27, 2009 at 4:49 PM · Report this
Andy_Squirrel 4
wait...what?? is this a joke?
what does "covering a 1987 Ford Ranger with 8 layers of white paper that collect pollution as it drives." have to do with low impact?
Posted by Andy_Squirrel on August 27, 2009 at 5:04 PM · Report this
treacle 5
Ms Graves, No art comment on the guerilla art golden statues that showed up in Gasworks this week?
Posted by treacle on August 27, 2009 at 5:15 PM · Report this
TVDinner 6
If Spongebob is down with Nopsicle Joe, I guess I am too.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on August 27, 2009 at 7:03 PM · Report this
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If anyone wants to learn more about the aLIVe project or Great City you can check out the project page here:
http://www.greatcity.org/campaigns/stree…

And if you want to get involved in the next phase of aLIVe, check out the project's group page on our sister site, the Seattle Network here:
http://seattlegreatcitynetwork.ning.com/…

And I would be remiss if i didn't give a shout out to my roommate Perla Sitcov who let me drag her out to Seward Park to take photos of the event. Thanks Perla!

Paul Chasan
Great City
www.greatcity.org
Posted by flossy on August 27, 2009 at 11:47 PM · Report this
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Ha, I just saw that pollution collecting truck in my neighborhood last night. It had also collected a parking ticket.
Posted by JTContinental on August 28, 2009 at 10:20 AM · Report this
Lucas Spivey 9
In response to Andy_Squirrel,

Yes, you are correct the truck is quite an example of a high-impact vehicle. I know this because I'm the one who pays to fill up the gas tank. The white skin of the truck is a metaphor for the ghosts of past vehicles and standards that are no longer viable for our current environmental concerns.

And to JT Continental,

Yes, it collected two tickets for improper display of license, for which I have already arranged a court date for. It seems our beautiful work of art really gets a lot of attention from parking officers as well.

Thanks to Cheryl who worked so hard and to everyone who was involved in aLIVe. And thanks again to the kids and YMCA staff who helped make it happen.
Posted by Lucas Spivey http://www.lucasspivey.com on August 31, 2009 at 1:42 PM · Report this

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