Car art up to scratch for Ephe­mera

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - EMMA CHADWICK

TEXAN Scott Wade has been named the Da Vinci of Dirt and the Michelangelo of Mud for his pen­chant for dirty car art.

And it may be­come one of the most con­tro­ver­sial art in­stal­la­tions at Strand Ephe­mera.

Townsville City coun­cil has trans­ported 13 wrecked mo­tor ve­hi­cles to the beach in front of Strand Park, where they will stay for the next two weeks.

The Amer­i­can is one sev­eral in­ter­na­tional artists who have flown in to Townsville this week to be­gin in­stalling their tran­sient art as part of The Strand Ephe­mera.

Mr Wade, a graphic de­signer, was scratch­ing, scrap­ing and smudg­ing head­turn­ing works of art on to the rear win­dows of the cars, us­ing a pow­dered clay yes­ter­day. He has scratched out a por­trait of rock wal­la­bies on the rear win­dow of a belted up Dae­woo, while a preloved sta­tion wagon is adorned with a longhorn bull. “It is to­tally ephemeral art. I wouldn’t want it to last,” Mr Wade said.

Would- be dirty car artists can try out at one of his pub­lic work­shops at the Strand Park beach on Satur­day and Sunday from 9am to 3pm and again next weekend.

PIC­TURE THIS: Texas- based artist Scott Wade trans­forms a car wreck with his Dirty Car Art for Strand Ephe­mera. Pic­ture: WESLEY MONTS.

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