Automobiles are often the object of people's grievances and the target of urban interventions. Not many would undertake an art project praising the car. Except perhaps that they offer a convenient private transportation capsule, there are plenty of negatives. Let's see what people are tired of, and what inspires them to create their interventions.
Lack of Space
This picture illustrates the ridiculous exploitation of space by motorists, comparing 60 people sitting in their cars, in buses and on bicycles. However, no one is really in a hurry to change – there are positives and negatives – but a car offers its owner a private space.
Members of the creative team (P)LOT achieved their right to privacy and occupied a parking space by putting up a tent that looked like a car.
Rarely do drivers strictly adhere to the speed limits on the road. There is an unwritten rule allowing everyone to speed up just a little bit. If the sign says 90 km/h, people will almost certainly drive at 95 km/h. Harmen de Hoop from Rotterdam took into account drivers' desire to go faster and to travel at speeds beyond what is permitted. He simply changed the numbers on road signs so that the driver exceeding the written speed limit, in reality, would remain within what is permissible. For example, the number '50' on the sign was replaced by '45'.
In reality, 45 km/h is not a standard speed limit, so manipulating these signs might be unsafe. But the surprise, and the resulting increase in attention caused by the change, perhaps reduces the driver's speed.
Following the same theme, Julia Kim Smith of Baltimore made an installation out of a box of pizza that warns: "Slow down, Speed Trap." This was placed near a real speed limit sign with a camera (not shown in this photograph). The pizza sign motivated car drivers to go slower.
Remi Gaillard did not miss the opportunity to mock motorists in a hurry.
All the Rest
It is difficult to understand the aim behind the activities by Oguta Ahmet from Turkey, who changed the appearance of two regular cars beyond recognition. He stuck a blue stripe and a cardboard flasher onto someone's white car, turning it into a replica of a police car. Another car was completely covered in yellow paper, disguised as a Turkish taxi. The owners must have had a hard time finding their vehicles in the parking lot.
The famous French street art artist, ZEVS, made license plates with his name and attached it to fifteen police cars in Paris. A week passed before it was noticed, and the plates were then removed.
And finally, a tireless fighter for the environment - Krotik. Sausages in the exhaust pipe is serious!