Maider López's traffic art - Click above for image gallery
Art may be the last thing in the world the average person thinks about when sitting idle in a major traffic jam, but Spanish artist Maider López apparently sees things the normal person doesn't. López put a call out way back in 2005 to anyone willing to intentionally sit in the largest possible non-moving traffic jam, and she got more than 400 responses from willing participants in 160 individual automobiles.
That conglomeration of cars and trucks all convened to purposely clog up some twisty roads in the Aralar Mountains in Spain, and the predictable results were caught on film for the Auto. Dream and Material exhibition at the Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijón, Spain. According to the artist, this traffic jam illustrate the automobile's impact on the landscape. We'll take her word for it.