Remixing Great Masterpieces for the Highway Age

Minnesota activists calling themselves Minnesota Citizens for Roads, Asphalt and Parking (MinnCRAP) updated American painter Andrew Wyath's famous "Christina's World" to illustrate the effects of car culture on the natural world.
Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World” reimagined with a modern touch, courtesy of the activists calling themselves Minnesota Citizens for Roads, Asphalt and Parking (MinnCRAP).

Last week we highlighted the Photoshop work of Memphis resident David Lindsey, who updated Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” to comment on the way cars have come to intrude on almost every public space. Lindsey was motivated by the decision to allow overflow parking from the Memphis Zoo in the city’s historic Overton Park, but his concept quickly inspired activists in other cities.

The people behind the satirical Facebook page Citizens for Roads Asphalt and Parking (MinnCRAP) altered two famous works of art for the motor age. Above, Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World.” Below, Van Gogh’s “A Starry Night.”

Image: MinnCRAP
Image: MinnCRAP

Lindsey has also been riffing on his earlier masterpiece, with this reconception of Manet’s “Luncheon in the Grass.”

Image: David Lindsey
Image: David Lindsey
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