VW was founded by the Socialist trade union German Labor Front. The name "volkswagon" literally means "peoples car" in German. It was a liberating concept to provide affordable vehicles at that time (1930/40's) for average citizens when automobiles were considered such an extreme luxury.
The beetle, lady bug, veedub etc. was what our i-touch, i-phone, i-tunes is to our generation today: providing "accessibility" at somewhat affordable prices. But our current world is dressed fast. In immediacy, real-time, "mach schnell"! My technical devices seem to be extensions of my body, like a hand I can't live without. Texting, surfing, facebooking, blogging my way through space and time. Feeling total panic when my cellphone battery dies because I forgot to plug it in for the last 6 days and I'm downtown trying to meet up with friends. At that point I'm completely incapable of doing anything. I become useless as the anxiety kicks in, realizing I don't have "access"... this faux life-line that connects me to my little world. I've only been introduced to this speed in the last 5 years. And now I can't remember what I did in the previous 30yrs without all my gadgets?
Reflecting back on my "youth"... the VW beetle isn't an afterthought. It's still a reality. It's a treasure. A symbol. An iconic vehicle that reminds us of the world that "had" existed. And ultimately it reminds us of what still exists today? I really like the snail. Versatile in it's mobility. House on it's back. Traversing through Berlin eating a little Falafel Döner. Unfettered. Adaptable. Deliberate. A true free-spirit. I have to remind myself to take it slow. Pay attention to detail. Stop and smell the roses. I make a point to find time for perseco and picnics... just as long as I remember to plug my phone in the night before.
|Carving in progress with sketched city and kebab.|
|Creating background and frame.|
|New "water-based" sludgy stain I was worried about. I made numerous "tests" before applying it to this carving. I was still a bit nervous with a new stain. But it seemed to work out well.|
|This is one step away (gloss finish, black oil paint)|