• Mar 7th 2010 at 5:08PM
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The Art of Scott Wade – Click above to view image gallery

If you were to research all of the posts ever published on Autoblog, you'd find that one of the most popular was one published back in June 2006 about artist Scott Wade from San Marcos, Texas. Wade is a painter who, unlike his peers, uses dirty cars as his canvas. He turns dusty rear windows into masterpieces that only last as long as a stiff breeze or unannounced rain shower allows.

At the time, we didn't know much about how Wade created his art other than that typical artists' tools like paint brushes were used. We recently found this video on YouTube created in January of this year, that details exactly how these amazing images are created. A complete piece of dirty rear glass art takes about 2–4 hours to complete, after which it's either washed off or left to naturally decay on its own. If the latter happens, the art often changes and sometimes creates something more beautiful and/or interesting than the original work.

Wade is not just a dirty car artist, he's a green artist or what some are calling an "earth artist." That means he works in temporary mediums, like dirt and dust, that don't impact the earth other than the joy and satisfaction they bring an audience while they are around. And Wade isn't just using his unique skills for fun these days. He's hooked up with Element Six Media, a company that provides green alternatives to traditional advertising. So if you're driving around one day and spot an advertisement beautifully rendered in dust on the back of a car, that's Wade's work.

Take a look at the video after the jump and revisit our gallery of past and present pieces by Scott Wade in the gallery below.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      If you have some skill with a brush, this is not that difficult.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If I had some skill with a gun, shooting a quarter out of the air wouldn't be hard.... -_-
      • 5 Years Ago
      the idea of sandblasting my rear window is completely unappealing
      • 5 Years Ago
      bet he hates rain
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those women were living on the edge.

      I'm so lame
      Beatles Love
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't even draw as good as that on paper, and I've been drawing since I was three! Woah.... But I would want to keep the dirt art, just so the person behind me could have something to look at during traffic. I don't care if I can't see out the back. :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      Surely any decent painter could do this? Just like he could draw that exact same painting with some paint and paper. I guess it's just what he specializes in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One would think this would be transferable to a semi-transparent or perforated vinyl sheet, that could be applied and left on for an amount of time. Kind of like a folk-art version of a pickup window decal.

      Kind of like a print made from an original piece.

      Then it would last longer than a couple of days, or through the rain.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How he just wipes away his art reminds me of a Tibetan Buddhist art form, where they make these elaborate colored patterns with sand, only to blow them away into oblivion.

      Think what he does is pretty nifty.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You get a thumbs up from me Scott!

      The rest of you whiners stop disparaging. Geeez,

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