Elf Portrait; Jonathan Schipper Elf

Slow Motion Car Crash has come to an end. But Jonathan Schipper, the artist who created the sculpture, kindly agreed to be “elfed.” He was jet lagged and had had a couple of beers so maybe I had him at a disadvantage.

This is what Jonathan actually looks like and here is his “Elfter Ego” I’m going to dedicate it to Little Golf.

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.




Slow Motion Car Crash # Day 25

Little Golf’s journey as a piece of art is almost at an end. But Locus + ,who commissioned Jonathan Schipper’s work, have been chronicling her imperceptibly slow demise through time-lapse photography. Do take a look here. It’s mesmerizing to watch everyone scurrying around Little Golf as she slowly concertina’s her body against the wall.

The artwork comes to a close on Friday so I’ll get some final photos then.  Maybe, just maybe, I’ll try to get the lowdown from the man himself, Jonathan Schipper, who is returning from the states for the close down.

The following photos were taken on Sunday when the space was closed so I couldn’t get up close and personal. We are also experiencing actual sunshine here in Newcastle so I apologise for the quality of the pictures.





Slow Motion Car Crash; Day 14

Newcastle based arts commissioning agency Locus +  commissioned Jonathan Schipper’s piece, Slow Motion Car Crash.  They installed a camera within the empty shop unit and time lapse footage of the first week of Little Golf’s final journey can be seen here. It’s a fascinating piece of film and illustrates so well the premise behind the artwork; “providing an alternative way of experiencing the world by slowing down physical events to almost imperceptible movement.”

And here is how Little Golf was looking around 6pm this evening.

As this piece of work  approaches the halfway point I would love to know what everyone thinks about this unusual sculpture. To add food for thought here are a couple of comments from past posts by Lisa from satsumaart and mj monaghan

“Fascinating how slow the process is. Thank you for documenting it! Our lives move so quickly, we rarely take the time to stop and watch anything, much less something as slow as this.”

“This is so amazing. Decay happens so slowly, doesn’t it? Without even noticing.”

SlowMotion Car Crash; Day 13

Day Thirteen; traditionally an unlucky number. And yes, Little Golf probably feels like the unluckiest hatch back on the planet. For those of you who don’t know her story it begins here.

Over twenty years of motoring and not even a scratch but look at her now.






And to commemorate Little Golf’s final journey she has her very own badge.



I shall wear it with pride.