Hubcap Gallery

Posted by Anneli Rufus at 9:05 am, Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Pennsylvania art-and-frame-store owner plans to write a book about his latest undertaking, in which 1,041 rusty old hubcaps are being transformed into “canvases” by 1,041 different artists. Thanks to Ken Marquis and his Landfill Art project, some use oil paint or acrylic paint, but others weld or glue or screw stuff onto the caps, weave onto the caps and carve the caps to make sculptures. (A painted example by Sarah Aslakson is depicted at left.)

“I have found that the fine artists I have worked with on this project do not even flinch when looking at this white round disc of metal canvas,” notes Marquis, who bought a load of rusty caps last August. “And why should they. Artists from the beginning of time have used cave walls — Lascaux, France and Altamira, Spain — walls of pyramids (Egyptians,) animal skins (American Indians,) etc. as their canvas. In addition, as a gallery owner for over thirty years, I maintain that artists, generally speaking, are more ecologically in touch and environmentally aware. Perhaps that is the reason forty-one artists readily accepted the challenge and embraced the project.

“Although the project is in its infancy (I hope to have it completed by 2012), it will evolve from a simple idea of taking forty-one old rusted hub caps and creating forty-one pieces of great art. The second phase has already started with the acquisition of one thousand additional (1,000) rusted hub caps which will be turned into cleaned and primed ‘metal canvases,’” Marquis explains.

“The third phase will involve publishing a book on the project showcasing all one thousand forty one (1,041) completed ‘metal canvases.’ The fourth and final phase will involve choosing 200 metal canvases that adequately represent the project and create a traveling show. The book and traveling show will publically portray the global art community’s effort to positively impact the environment through repurposing previous metal waste into great landfill art.”



5 Responses to “Hubcap Gallery”

  1. DIY Welders Says:


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    I was looking for DIY related tips this was excellent

  2. Scar lette Says:


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    Brilliant idea! I saw this gallery of recycled materials a year ago when 1 particular work of art left a mark in my mind, A giant bulb shaped chandelier with thin metal wires inside and a normal bulb. The construction was incredible as hubcaps were bent and welded to imitate the shape of a bulb. The light strikes out in different shapes to what seemed like a disco ball.

  3. Jim Says:


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    This sounds really interesting and I wish you the best of luck. I was researching craft projects involving old hub caps and saw your post. I can’t imagine what a thousand hub caps will look like!

    Jim, webmaster at Dentist Laguna Niguel website

  4. Dave Says:


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    A 1961 wire rim wheel with a spinner from my MG. No you cannot have it. You can’t touch it. And if someone donates one please contact me. I need a fourth. Other than that, sounds like fun.

  5. Sarah Says:


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    I love when people find beauty… or create beauty out of something that most people look at as trash! I cannot wait to see what people come up with!


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