• Jan 29, 2010
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In 1948 American born artist Man Ray wrote, "There is no progress in art, any more than there is progress in making love. There are simply different ways of doing it." This is nearly 30 years after he glued some spikes to the bottom of an iron and called it art. And you know what? We couldn't agree more. Meet Jeremy Dean. He's a New York-based artist that began reading about "Hoover carts" during the recent economic bad times. Turns out that Hoover carts were broken down old cars that horses used to lug around during the Great Depression.

With that in mind, Mr. Dean decided to turn a "perfectly good" Hummer H2 that he purchased for $15,000 into a horse drawn cart. We'll let the artist explain the why:
At this time of record financial gains, the auto industry began producing ever extravagant cars and these huge American gas guzzlers became a status symbol in society leading to increased demand for oil and fuel prices soared. So with our very American idea of Manifest Destiny, we meddle in any country that has oil and send our men and women into harms way so that we can continue consuming almost 80% of the worlds resources. But how long can that last?

My own satirical prediction of the future: Unless we come up with alternative fuel sources and rethink our reliance on a hyperinflated consumer based economy, we may be left with no other options than to hook our cars up to a horse. As a symbol of this I [will] take either a Cadillac Escalade or HUMMER H2, which have become monuments to America's consumption, greed and arrogance, and convert it to a horse cart. The cart will maintain all its former glitz and glamour: chrome rims, GPS, working sound system, DVD player, and TV screens. But [it] will be pulled by a horse.
Hey man, horses need jobs, too. As for Jeremy Dean, he has apparently sunk his entire life savings into this project and is hoping to sell it to recoup his costs. We can only wish him good luck and ask one question: Isn't purchasing art for what we can only assume costs an entire briefcase full of Franklins just as much of a "status symbol" as big, ungainly luxury SUVs? Video of the art making process after the jump.



[Source: Back to the Futurama via The Car Connection]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Another smug leftist telling the rest of us how we should live our lives.

      How much do you want to bet that he got a National Endowment for the Arts grant for this craptastic piece of "art"?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wasted money that could've been used for a good cause.

      I hope someone throws red paint on this idiot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats one way to make a Hummer enviromentally friendly

      The Amish should have bought Hummer from GM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks for the post!
      Jeremy Dean and his artwork Back to the Futurama has created quite the stir and we invite you all to learn more about the artist and keep up to date on his upcoming projects.

      http://www.creativethriftshop.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thoose poor horses having to pull that heavy pos and all its bling lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just give me the car... such a waste i think!!!!...
      bluecollar706
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah let's use an H2 as the main symbol of an American excess suv. Certainly not the Landrcruiser/LX570, Sequoia, or the GX570 oh wait....................gotta save face for the company that made his beloved Prius.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @bluecollar706
        Why do you think GM makes large SUV's, but also puts as much focus as it does in developing the Volt? Why do you suppose there's a Ford F250 Superduty, but also a Ford Fusion Hybrid? Why do you suppose BMW makes a 550hp SUV, but also provides us with a clean diesel 3 Series?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @bluecollar706
        If you can capture buyers in multiple market segments, why the hell wouldn't you? And as much as I don't care for the Prius, it has been a huge success.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "You guys are either blind, deaf, under-educated, brainwashed by years of c...p of TV and media, or you're just simply retarded."

      Nah.

      "this country that has attacked countless nations, deposed democratically elected presidents, supported terrorist groups, supported dictators, and even participated in genocide?"

      Attacking countless nations, fighting despotic governments and deposing, for all intents and purposes, democratically elected tyrants doesn't quite fall into the category of "bad" or "evil" actions.

      The U.S. is prone to making mistakes and the U.S. has made mistakes. However, taking a few incidents of bad foresight (the Taliban, etc.) to justify an irrational, puerile hatred of the U.S.'s ideals and goals is immature and dishonest at best.

      "And you f-ing amateur truly believes America is this shining beacon of peace that you see in the movies?"

      Standing as a 'beacon of peace' or hope, prosperity, etc. is dependent, again, on the ideals and motivations of a country, not on the unfortunate or unforeseeable consequences of a country's actions.

      I'm sorry you're too dense to understand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mqa, first I'd like to know what terrorist groups the US has supported. I don't deny the possibility, but I can't think of any off the top of my head. Then I'd like to know what major power HASN'T committed at least one of the wrongs you've listed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is Autoblog covering this self-righteous idiot? This isn't news.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe we should spare a thought for the poor horse. What did he do to deserve all this? Maybe PETA could step in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So he's going to make the horse tow several tons of steel. Yup. Totally humane.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The curb weight of a H2 is 6600 lbs stock, probably weighs a bit less without the engine and quite a bit of body work and interior. The hotel omnibus that I drive weighs 4500 lbs, and we use Percheron drafts around 1800-2200lbs a piece. If he is really worried about public image, he could have a 3 horse hitch attached or possibly a 4-in-hand of smaller horses. I wouldn't really worry about a team pulling that much weight, especially if its free rolling on level ground. Just my 2 cents.
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