Slow Motion Car Crash Day #31; Journey’s End

Little Golf has finally completed her time as an Artist’s muse with the  installation created by artist Jonathan Schipper coming to a close yesterday. For the last 31 days Little Golf has been travelling at 7mm per hour head long into a wall as part of the AV Festival here in the North East of England. Little Golf started looking like this….

and ended up like this….

Along with hundreds of other interested folk I’ve been popping by each week to chronicle Little Golf’s progress and on Friday I went along to the closing party to say farewell to the plucky little hatchback. She held her pose admirably while everyone gathered around, sipped glasses of bubbly and examined the final results.

So, Little Golf has been involved in a collision that would normally take place in seconds yet in this instance has lasted a whole month. What did the people of Newcastle make of all this. I spoke to Fluff, who has been one of the invigilators. She said that many people had wondered what the end result would mean. Was the car part of a crash test evaluation? Would the results be added to a car safety database. When Fluff explained it was in the name of art most people were intrigued by the concept of slowing down physical events.  Inevitably some were shocked by the wanton destruction while others felt their own car would have been better suited to the treatment rather than Little Golf. There were some people, she said, who had come in each day at the same time of the day and took a photo creating their own time-lapse film of the event. Fluff said the strangest part for her was spending the day with the car knowing it was crashing but not being able to see it.  But every now and then there would be a loud creak or a bang to remind her of the imperceptible movement.

Jonty Tarbuck and Hannah Kirkham of Locus + who commissioned the artwork were delighted with the response. “It really couldn’t have gone better” said Jonty although he did wonder what they were going to do with Little Golf now. “She might be cubed” he said “we’ll have to see what Jonathan says.”

It turned out that even Jonathan Schipper wasn’t sure of Little Golf’s fate. “Well it might just get scrapped or maybe cubed and placed on a pedestal.” Now I have to say that Jonathan, although serious about his art, has a permanent twinkle in his eye so he might have been pulling my leg about the pedestal bit.  I asked him what gave him the idea for the piece. “There wasn’t a light bulb moment, it just sort of evolved.” he said. ” I’ve always been interested in the transformation and the deterioration of things. How something can change over time but we just don’t notice.” I think the little kid in him likes a bit of destruction because he seemed  saddened by the lack of  damage to Little Golf’s interior. ” On previous pieces the windows have smashed out” he said almost wistfully.  But we both liked the fact that the Little Tree air freshener was still dangling from the rear view mirror.



Thank you so much to everyone who has stopped by the blog and passed comment on Little Golf’s journey into a shop wall. I’m afraid it’s back to elves now. Talking of which, the very lovely Jonathan Schipper has agreed to be “elfed”. So I’m off to get doodling.

But lets just say goodbye to Little Golf.





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