The Black Car Project: Filling the Autovoid


Thinking of getting rid of your car? You could sell it, but that means somebody else is eventually going to drive it on our city’s streets, contributing to air pollution and congestion. The Black Car Collective has a better idea: entomb it in black stucco.

The idea is instead of a functional art car we want a non-functional car that is a statement on global warming to pop up in parking lots across the country. The car can be stuccoed and painted black, it could also be turned into a garden or be the bottom of a wind turbine. The only request we make is that it is created in the spirit of the original piece, that the car is someone’s personal vehicle, and that it is given up with the pledge of not owning another vehicle until they are sustainable: if that ever happens. We also would like you to promote the piece actively and encourage others to create their own.

Could be a nice project for those homesick suburban transplants once they lose their taste for auto dependence.

  • Spud Spudly

    Anyone else thinking….


  • Hilary

    Doesn’t beat Cadillac Ranch

    Problem is, these just attract people in cars to come look!

  • Gretel

    “Thinking of getting rid of your car? You could sell it, but that means somebody else is eventually going to drive it on our city’s streets, contributing to air pollution and congestion.”

    True, but isn’t it generally better that someone (who is determined to buy a car) buy a used car rather than buy a new car? Wouldn’t that ultimately be more detrimental to the auto industry? I’d be interested in reading about the economics of that. I would prefer a noncommissioned car be welded into something that no longer resembles an automobile.

  • Dave H.

    I have no idea what the economics of it (its probably too hypothetical of a question) but to balance the effect of ‘boycotting’ the auto-industry, by selling your car second-hand you are increasing the supply of cars on the market, thus lowering the entrance price (in other words, allowing someone who might not have bought a car anyhow to buy one).

  • Ian Turner

    Dave —

    That thinking is correct, but leads you to silly conclusions. Would you try to buy up all the books in a bookstore to keep other people from reading it? No, because the result of that is only that even more books will be produced.

    If you bought up all the used cars on the market and buried them, it would raise the price of car ownership and reduce the number of cars on the road — and would also dramatically increase the number of new cards produced and sold, with all associated externalities.

  • Mark Fleischmann

    Great idea. Just make sure you park the car someplace where it’ll displace functioning cars for a good long time! In front of my building would be just about ideal.

  • In front of your building sounds good! Where is that? Now all you need is to find someone to give up their car!

    The idea is to take a car, a parking space and a driver off the road permanently. The side impact is encouraging other people to drive less, sell their personal vehicles and remind them daily that personal cars are not sustainable. Therefore this should decrease the demand more than the decrease in supply.

    If you know someone ready to make a political statement out of their car e-mail me or leave a comment on the website!

  • Anonymous from EU

    I have a better idea… RECYCLE that piece of crap!

  • You can recycle the car at anytime down the road. Perhaps recycle it when our recycling is much more sophisticated then it is now. Most cars get poorly recycled at best.


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