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Orange Seeds

We got close and low to admire our little orange seedlings.

We looked on as the piles were drilled into the ground by a loud and shouty half-tank machine.

Drilling or earth dentistry?

Drilling or earth dentistry?

Our green island among a sea of gray.

Our green island among a sea of gray.

Our crystal ball, Science World, looks on to the new neighbor moving in.

Our crystal ball, Science World, looks on to the new neighbor moving in.

Marcus Bowcott (left) and Doug Harle (right) begin the form for the concrete base.

Marcus Bowcott (left) and Doug Harle (right) begin the form for the concrete base.

Doug Harle's hand in a grid of wood and metal.

Doug Harle’s hand in a grid of wood and metal.

More or less, this is the "foot" of Trans Am Totem, yet this is far from a pedicure.

More or less, this is the “foot” of Trans Am Totem, yet this is far from a pedicure.

Marcus and Coco enjoying a bit of sunshine.

Marcus and Coco enjoying a bit of sunshine.

We took our silver spoons and dug into our gray gritty oatmeal.  (Left to Right: Doug Harle, Marcus Bowcott, Ammar Mahimwalla, Shane Harle)

We took our silver spoons and dug into our gray gritty oatmeal. (Left to Right: Doug Harle, Marcus Bowcott, Ammar Mahimwalla, Shane Harle)

The smoothing process begins as any other: persuading mountains and valleys into plains.

The smoothing process begins as any other: persuading mountains and valleys into plains. (Left to Right: Doug Harle, Marcus Bowcott, Shane Harle)

Now all we have to do is wait for our pour to harden and begin the real show. (Left: Marcus Bowcott, right: Doug Harle)

Now all we have to do is wait for our pour to harden and begin the real show. (Left: Marcus Bowcott, right: Doug Harle)

Get back to work

Left to right: Shane Harle, Doug Harle, Cement Truck Driver, and Marcus Bowcott

Left to right: Shane Harle, Doug Harle, Cement Truck Driver, and Marcus Bowcott

This is the steel backbone of Trans Am Totem that will support the car stack and cedar.

This is the steel backbone of Trans Am Totem that will support the car stack and cedar.

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Construction of the Car Stack

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TAT early concept

Early Concept, Working Drawing: The stack was supported by scrap metal wedges on either side. There was no name for the piece at this point.

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Trans Am Totem Early Concept: The “totem” aspect started as a “bundle” of logs.

Raw Goods

To the Metal Yard: A contrast of textures.

Metal Work

Artists at work: in the wrecking yard under a hot sun.

BMW inspection

Inspection: Although these cars were wrecks, they had to be a specific kind of wrecks.

Marcus Cutting

Sweat vs Steel: Not exactly a hot knife through butter.

Trans Am Shell

The Trans Am stripped down to its shell and ready to be lifted. This was done to all of the cars to make them as light as possible.

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Red Base: Helene working on the lowest car in the stack.

 

Wheel Angles

Wheel alignment: We had to figure out the wheel distance and ratios before the welding started. Note the size of the red car.

Marcus and Red Base

First Down: The bottom car has been chopped and welded to the base plate and central column. This is a milestone.

Marcus and Wife

This was a rainy day in July and our thoughts were with our good friend James Lindfield and his family.

Stand and Weld

Up and Up: The art work grows. There were several long days to reach this point. 

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Welding preparations are made to ready the stack for the Trans Am.

 

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Break at Sundown: Marcus gestures as he talks to Henry about tomorrow’s lift of the Trans Am.

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Bless This Mess: Marcus talks on the phone while in his office and Joe is hard at work on the ‘Firebird Chicken’.

 

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Fire Bird: Joe Cash looks up as he prepares the iconic logo of the Trans Am.

 

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Stack

The Stack Completed: Still lots of work to do.

Painting Progress

Choice Colours: With the heavy lifting done for now, testing took place to see which colour worked best with the sculpture.

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Touch Ups: Helene paints the difficult to reach areas of the Civic.

 

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Four Cars Up: Helene works under the BMW as she paints the hood of the Civic.

 

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Working High: Helene is not bound to the ground, her contribution to the work is top to bottom.

 

Almost there: Preparing a scrap car for a fresh coat of paint was a unusual experience.

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Rain is Coming: Marcus readies a tarp to protect the art work.

 

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Bumper Polish: Marcus shines the front of the forth car. 

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Not Half Baked: Trans Am Totem’s concept was a long running idea. Here, the sculpture is next to an older painting by Marcus, which has a similar theme.

 

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About

Marcus Bowcott email: marcusbowcott@shaw.ca Photos courtesy of Wayne Worden My early working life was spent in heavy industry, working as a deckhand and longshoreman. The labour was intense, but the money and the time off where instrumental in helping me develop my painting. I moved to London in order to study at the Royal College of Art and completed my M.A.… Read more →