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Undersea Mah Jongg

How long did it take you to do that?
I started working on the car in August of 2001. An art car is never truly finished, but I'm finally getting to the point where I don't feel like it's "unfinished."

How do you get those things to stay on there?
Through trial and error, I've learned that each type of object has a glue that works best for it. I use silicon for the carpet, because it's inexpensive and thick enough to cover large pieces. Liquid nails dries too quickly for the carpet, but it's perfect for the smooth mah jongg tiles. And E6000 is more expensive, but holds plastic toys like nothing else I've tried.

Do you ever lose anything?
Toys do fall off from time to time. Winter seems to be especially hard on the glue. I will be doing the "wiggle test" and regluing anything that seems unstable before we leave for Houston. And I'll take a box full of replacement toys in my trunk for last-minute repairs.

Where did you get the idea for an underwater mah jongg car?
I was planning to do my car like a park with a duck pond in the middle, covered with green astroturf and using the sunroof as the duck pond. Then I went to the hardware store and discovered that astroturf comes in blue. That's where the underwater theme came from. There's still a remnant of the duck pond in the strip of green turf and the preponderance of ducks on the roof. The car can't seem to make up its mind whether it's a freshwater pond, or an ocean.

At the same time as I was planning the "duck pond" car, I happened to buy a mah jongg set from Ebay. The set was in bad condition and unplayable, but there was nothing I could do about it because the seller had technically told the truth, while carefully avoiding an honest assessment of the set's condiiton. I was really upset about the waste of money until I realized that I could put the mah jongg set on the car. That set is now on the hood, being played by a goldfish, a lobster, and two koi. (The goldfish has Little Four Winds and is about to win the hand.)

You must really want attention.
Not really. I decorate my car because it makes me happy. I'm glad if other people enjoy it as well, but I'm honestly not that concerned about what other people think. A lot of people seem to assume that the only reason to do interesting things is to get attention. I find that rather sad.

Lots of information about art cars.

Orange Show
official site of the Art Car Weekend.
My other website.
The original car cam site.