• Nov 24, 2007
So we've told you about slow motion car crashes, a Warhol painting of pictures of a car crash that sold for $71 million, and of course there's always Lindsay Lohan creating her own life-sized crash-themed art. Now we present John Rooney, a Boston artist who creates set pieces of small, intricately detailed cars that have met their ends at the trunks of Bonsai trees.

It's called Crash Bonsai (or "art," take your pick), and Rooney doesn't spare any time in their creation. The cars aren't simply hurtled into Bonsais -- oh no -- "each model is unique, and individually disassembled, cut, melted, filed, smash, then reassembled to replicate a real fender bender." What's also cool is their versatility, as the little vehicles also "look great on coffee tables, kitchen counters, smashing into lamps and toasters." (However, as a Bostonite, Rooney should know what a "fender bender" is... and he should know a car plowing into a tree doesn't really qualify.)

There's a variety of cars to choose from, from a 1940 BMW 328 to a PT Cruiser, or you can commission your own. Prices start at $50 (minus the Bonsai or other immovable object of your choice). As much as we want to raise our eyebrows, we have to admit that it's... kinda like watching... a car crash... and we just can't turn away. Remember when they used to show these kinds of things in driver's ed videos as something you wanted to avoid? Yeah. Now it's merchandise. Vive la revolucion.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      hey. I wonder if a 1984 baby blue monte ss wrapped around one sideways the size of a pencil is available..Proportiantely to my actual scene, the bonzai couldn't be small enough to portray how pathetic it really was.
      aztankboy
      • 7 Years Ago
      Come on people...use your creativity. If you can't afford one, make one yourself. How hard is it to find an old (or new) toy car, and smash it with a hammer, take a file to it, and burn it with a lighter...Add the right tree, and there you have it, your very own Bonsai Car Crash!
      Buslady
      • 7 Years Ago
      $50 for a freaking smashed up new beetle that I could take with a hammer and hit it?!!? gimme a break.

      hank
      • 7 Years Ago
      That damage was from a prior accident.
      James Peters
      • 7 Years Ago
      WHAT A WASTE OF TIME. GET A REAL JOB. THIS GUYS A DOOFUSS !
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool, love it.
      w
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love it. So painstakingly detailed, so tiny, and so funny. I want one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ^ Art is a profession, artists spend their lives making stuff like this, though I think that price is quite cheap considering how much work goes into something like that. I like it, but I think Mr. Rooney should study car crashes a bit more closely, because is some damage on that Beetle that I don't know where it may have come from.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I want to see the one where a mini cooper full of gasoline and terrorists crashes into a tree and bursts into flames and no one can get to them and you can hear the flesh crackling as the gas roasts them into hell.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they were a little less, I'd probably get some as Christmas presents for some of my friends. Everyone could do with a little reminder now and then of their own stupidity. Wonder if you can get the damage customized? :)

      Oh, and the cheapest I saw was $75, not $50
      • 7 Years Ago
      Crash a Prius!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some people just have too much time on their hands.
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