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Sep. 21st, 2004

11:06 am - Stall

So what's been happening with the van? Not a whole heck of a lot. Ironically, I didn't have the money to put into the engine, and get the stuff started with the van, and then I went to Burning Man and ended up spending $1200 on a new car, plus other expenses put on my credit card for the broken down RV we drove down. I should have just put the money in the van, and been a lot better off for it.

So yeah, the van is parked and waiting for someone to pay attention to it. Hopefully soon.

As a side note, the boy and I plan to make an art car out of the new Subaru wagon ('86) as well. That will become a luchadore wagon, whose name I think is Coache de Lucha. No immediate plans yet.

Current Mood: Deflated

Jun. 9th, 2004

09:57 pm - The Van is Here

I just got home from picking up the van.

Ron signing the pink slip over to me.

The Driver about to head back up to Seattle.

I haven't seen the van for years prior, so I've been a bit overwhelmed since my trip down. Before artwork can even begin, there's a lot more to be done to the van first. Also, there are some mechanical issues that will need to be addressed. I will speak with my brother, and a couple friends about what my options will be. Oh, I'm just so overwhelmed. I'm hoping that will pass. I wonder if other art car artists have looked at what they have and wonder what the heck they've gotten themselves into.

Oh, and I picked up some pennies down in the LA area too! The Santa Monica pier pennies came out quite nice, surprisingly. I had van difficulties on the way north though, so I forewent getting any pennies along the coast.

May. 30th, 2004

11:11 am

I've come across this site from an art car list I'm on: LectraFinish

It sounds like an interesting background idea, as I want the car to have a texture in the color and not just a plain solid color. If I did try it, the two contrasting colors would be very close to each other so as to be more of a subtle effect. Just something to think about.

11:05 am

I've actually been busy this past week on other things, and have neglected my preparations. But I go get the van a week from today, and all the fun will officially begin--well, as finances allow.

I received my first official penny donation last week, from Vancouver, Canada.

I've backed off on my enthusiasm for soliciting more until I can get a POBox up and running. I'm on a waiting list in my general neighborhood. They are surprisingly all spoken for, even the ones on the way to my work. There are private box services, but are over priced and not worth it.

May. 13th, 2004

03:00 pm - I need everyone's help collecting souvenir pennies!

If you live in or near any of the cities on the Needs webpage, I could sure use your help obtaining the needed pennies for my art car project!

example of pressed penny

The Needs page lists all the cities I need souvenir pressed pennies from and a link where to find them, how to clean them, and the info needed for the contributors page.

Oh, it doesn't list an address to send the pennies to yet. If you have a penny to send me, email me and I'll give you an address.

May. 8th, 2004

11:03 am

VantasticRoadMap.com is finally up and running, but there is only a "coming soon" placeholder there now. So I'll have to start working on a website to put up. What I have in mind; what my needs are; penny gathering; all the usual stuff.

I also have the email addresses up and running. Public email address is: vantastic at vantasticroadmap dot com

As of right now the van doesn't have a stereo or speakers. However, I just made a connection through FreeCycle and a system is waiting for me! How exciting is that?! So the roadtrip home from CA won't be filled with silence and an overactive mind.

Also, as I get ready, I'm planning out squished penny hunting for the drive back north. Surprisingly, I'm finding friend's of mine have these common interests and this is playing so nicely into the creation of all this. It's not all about me, I'm just the Driver. This project is including other people and I love that. First, friends are helping me gather pennies; I have a friend who collects pennies and I will gather some along the way for her as well; and I have a friend who loves maps and globes as much as I do and he's helping out on that front, as well as getting excited about pennies too!

Speaking of globes, I was in a globe store yesterday to look at art (art walk where artist's put their work in non-arty stores) and found these awesome globe pillows. I must have these inside the van!

I'm so excited!

May. 4th, 2004

11:03 am - In the Beginning...

Welcome to the journal of Vantastic Road Map, the progression of creating an art car.

The vehicle is a 1971 Chevy van, given to me by my uncle, Ron. As of today, the van is still down in California, which I plan to pick it up June 6th. In the meantime I am feverishly designing and planning how this van will look, and how the heck I plan to get it done. I'm constantly doing more and more research, and looking into things I've never even fathomed looking into before. This is really exciting!

My preliminary plan is to make it into a gigantic fanciful road map. There will be cities and highways, but they won't land where they would on a real map. On top of the map, there will be plenty of embellishments that have yet to be discovered. Cities shown will be places that are important to me for one reason or another. Each city will be marked with a souvenir pressed/elongated/squished/smashed penny from that actual destination. I am currently underway planning how I might attract donations for the pennies from across the country, and hopefully internationally.

The interior of the van is set up for camping/living, and will have decoupaged maps on the counters, perhaps antiqued in coloring. I want it to be very worldly inside. Fabrics and knick knacks from various places around the world. A warm inviting feel.