Art is cars, cars are art

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - Pho­tos and text by Kim Hairston

Per­haps you’ve seen A. Clarke Bed­ford’s art cars. He used to com­mute to his job as a con­ser­va­tor at the Hir­sh­horn Mu­seum in one of his elab­o­rately dec­o­rated au­tos.

Bed­ford has taken part in shows like Artscape and has driven in pa­rades. The four art cars parked out­side his Ni­chol­son Street home in Hy­attsville are his trans­porta­tion.

Bed­ford’s home, “As-sem-blage Cot­tage,” pro­nounced in rhyming “French,” and yard, “Vanadu Gar­dens,” like his cars, are cov­ered with lay­ers of found ob­jects laden with mean­ing. He has de­signed them to be seen in re­la­tion to each other.

If you get the chance to go by, you will be able to ap­pre­ci­ate his com­mit­ment to pub­lic art from the side­walk out­side and across from his home.

Re­tired art con­ser­va­tor A. Clarke Bed­ford’s art from found ob­jects ex­tends to the fence around his front yard.

Bed­ford stands in the door­way of his Hy­attsville home, which he has named "As-sem-blage Cot­tage," pro­nounced in rhyming "French."

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