• Feb 1st 2010 at 9:02AM
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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.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Kind of a reverse "Pimp My Ride"...I like it.

      A Hummer for 15K? That's pretty cheap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      well funded artist.

      isn't the problem that even a gutted hummer weighs far too much to be towed by horses..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dan: There are many large flaws with your reasoning.

        1. You "need" 300 horsepower if you want to get a hummer from 0-60 in under 30 seconds. Horses can't run at 60mph, so this point is moot.

        2. 1 horse does not produce 1 horsepower. In fact, 1 horsepower is the amount of work one horse can do in 1 day. The trick comes when you define 1 day as 24 hours, during which the horse must rest, eat, and sleep, while any mechanical motor (electric or gas) doesn't. More than anything though, it was a measure that was created to make a measure of mechanical power more public-friendly to a public that relied mostly on real horses.

        3. Gas engines are rated at their peak horsepower, just as horses are not rated at their peak horsepower. As such, the hummer's engine is only producing 300 hp somewhere between 6 and 7 thousand RPM, a number that you typically reach for only a few seconds while accelerating hard. Even at highway speeds, with the extra effort required to push all that air out of the way, the engine is probably producing significantly less than 100 horsepower. To get this thing up to about 25 mph, you probably need less than 20 hp - and it can be done with far less if you don't particularly care about acceleration.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dan

        I'm by no means a big guy, but I can tell you for a fact I've pushed around full-size Chevy pick-ups on a flat surface, and once I pushed a full-size Suburban out of the road for a woman who had car trouble (got it up to a jogging pace!). Simple physics, anything on wheels can be pushed fairly easily. It's stopping that motion that's the problem.

        A team of draft horses won't strain with that cut-up Hummer (minus engine) in the least.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It said it cost him $15k for the Hummer.
        He said he used his life savings.
        I wouldn't call that well funded.

        I would question the weight issue, if it wasn't a work of art...
        ie: not going to be pulled by horses.

        How many horses does it take to compare to a V8?
        300? 300hp = 300 horses? even though thats the term I'm not sure if that's how many it actually would require.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have stipulated that the horses can draw the chopped hummer, maybe not the lazy walk from times of wooden carriage and not at galop but they can for show purposes.
        but it is basic physics that the heavier the harder to move, otherwise you could get good mileage with a hummer too at moderate speeds.
        you can try to push a loaded semi. vs a little girl on a trike. weight does matter even though wheels help a lot
        • 5 Years Ago
        hi Ernie. I take it you were talking to the other guy named Dan, but I will chime in anyway.
        while it's true you wont need anywyere near 300 horses to draw a hummer at a calm pace you seem a little confused on the notion of horsepower. it has nothing to do with a day or 24 hours and periods of rest : ) a horsepower is defined as around 745watt of power. it's an instantaneous value, in the moment. not accumulated over time like energy in joule would be. watt is joule per second. an energy rate. or power level.
        you may have meant that it's the power level that a typical horse can comfortably sustain for a significant length of time like several hours and that might well be true. a big galopping horse certainly does more work than 745watt. a tough human pace is 300watt. top athlete maybe 500watt for shorter periods of time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess if horses come as big as 1 ton then 2 should certainly be able to pull the 3 ton douchemobile.
        but I'm not sure you could do it easily on your own unless you're a big guy : )
        and I guess if you cut it down and lose the engine then 2 horses should have no big problem. maybe strain a little

        is this the same guy that did the hummer with wooden wheels?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Draft horses are more than capable of pulling a Hummer H2, the wheels make it very easy - I could pull an H2 on level ground with little effort.

        The real issue is stopping it once you've gotten it rolling, and there, a couple of draft horses have enough mass to do that also.

        "A horse can easily pull a wheeled vehicle that is six (6) times his own weight, however most carriage horses are used at only 25% of that capacity. A carriage horse averages in weight from 1200lbs to 2300lbs, therefore they are able to pull anywhere from 7200lbs to 13,800lbs."

        http://www.antiquecoach-carriage.com/faq.html

        (I happen to work around horses that pull carriages)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I look at the picture and think "douchebag". Is this wrong?
        • 5 Years Ago
        the guy is not a douchebag, he's an artist mocking the car, but the car is certainly for a douchebag. I have the highest disdain for the mentality behind the 'car'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes