Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Amazing Body Art Car Is A Crashing Success

Auto accidents and people don't mix…unless they're the work of Australian body artist Emma Hack, in which case they mix rather beautifully. Hack used 17 men and women to build the dented car sculpture in support of the Motor Accident Commision of South Australia, who used it to highlight the dangers of low-level speeding. Each person had to stay contorted as Hack applied up to five layers of paint to their body, which took a total of 18 hours to complete. "Technically, it's probably the most difficult job I have ever done," Ms. Hack said in a statement. "It's quite magical how it's turned out." The trick, it turns out, is in knowing your players. In a making-of video, Hack explains that she used athletes and body builders for the stacked section in the middle of the car, since they'd likely have enough endurance to bear the weight of the other participants. A team of acrobats filled out the front of the car, though several crates helped ease the physical strain a bit. While you might not know her name offhand, there's a very, very good chance you've seen Hack's work before: she painted Gotye and Kimba in the video for the song you're probably singing in your head right now, "Somebody that I Used to Know.

Auto accidents and people don't mix…unless they're the work of Australian body artist Emma Hack, in which case they mix rather beautifully.



Hack used 17 men and women to build the dented car sculpture in support of the Motor Accident Commision of South Australia, who used it to highlight the dangers of low-level speeding.

Each person had to stay contorted as Hack applied up to five layers of paint to their body, which took a total of 18 hours to complete.

Technically, it's probably the most difficult job I have ever done, Ms. Hack said in a statement. It's quite magical how it's turned out.

The trick, it turns out, is in knowing your players. In a making-of video, Hack explains that she used athletes and body builders for the stacked section in the middle of the car, since they'd likely have enough endurance to bear the weight of the other participants.

You can follow Ms. Hack's work at her website. http://www.emmahackartist.com

A team of acrobats filled out the front of the car, though several crates helped ease the physical strain a bit. While you might not know her name offhand, there's a very, very good chance you've seen Hack's work before: she painted Gotye and Kimba in the video for the song you're probably singing in your head right now, Somebody that I Used to Know.

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