The intersection of automobiles and art is always an interesting locale, and one french sculptor has spiced things up a bit with a Mercedes-Benz covered in flies. The premise sounds a bit shaky to be sure, but artist Natacha Mercier says the concept was inspired by something she witnessed back in 2007. While standing on a side street, she saw a BMW owner drive up, park and get out of the car. Clad all in white and with plenty of gold chains around his neck, the driver then proceeded to spit-polish a spot on his chrome wheels. According to Mercier, the girls around him (including herself) were "dropping like flies" while he strutted around like a peacock.

Mercier decided to turn the situation on its ear with this project. Mercier coated an old Merc in fly paper, parked it a greenhouse and released 100,000 flies. When the body was fully coated in insects, the artist, her brother and two friends piled in to drive around the streets of Toulouse, France. The mixed media artist is no stranger to working on auto-related subjects – she previously dressed up a Mercedes in a wedding gown and is now working on a new piece involving an Opel Corsa.

Check out the bizarre scene in the videos below.

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      PETA - People . Eating . Tasty. Animals
      Bryant Keith
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is not art, this is just stupidity
      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could care less about the flies, have a hard enough time getting rid of them as is. But this being art.. I don't think so.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like PETA is going to care about nasty, filthy ass flies! That was gross and stupid but as long as it wasn't covered in small animals, I'm pretty sure PETA is fine with it. Now come to Detroit and drive that car around here so you can remove 100,000 flies from our area please! Take the mosquitoes too!
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a person with waaaaay too much time on her hands.
      • 2 Years Ago
      they drive around thinking they are cool-----but its just stupid
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      I cant believe that anyone cares what the killers at peta thinks. go there to see how peta murders all of the animals in its care. Screw peta.
      No one...
      • 2 Years Ago
      How stupid... Also "PETA" is a non-entity - referral to it is useless waste of space.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now that is just nasty.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wouldn't really consider this art -- but fly genocide? I can get on-board with that. I hope she threw in some mosquitoes too.
      • 2 Years Ago
      PETA stands for : People Eating tasty Animals
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        In the old (and I mean OLD) days, it was AETP. Every now and then it still happens, though.
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