buttercup

Artist: Amelia Horner

Category: Art Car

Base Vehicle: 2007 Volkswagen Beetle

Year Created: 2019

Featured in Houston Art Car Parade: 2019

From the Artist: My inspiration for my Art Car came from when I first watched the Houston Art Car Parade many years ago. I was amazed at the hard work that all the artists put in to their vehicles, but most importantly, I loved to see the smiles on the audience's and artist's faces during the parade. At that point, I did not have a car of my own, but I knew in that moment that when I finally got a car, I would make it an Art Car.

 

My concept started as wanting to create a car that I could drive every day, and one that everyone would enjoy, and that all people could smile at, and I felt I could achieve that through bright colors, butterflies, and flowers. My final design was vinyl butterfly and flower stickers placed over the entire outside of my car, and a topper of flying butterflies on a field of flowers. I executed this crown by stapling six pieces of twisted wire covered in green insulation to a piece of plywood and I glued two 50 lb magnets to the opposite side and covered the edge of the wood with foam pipe insulation.

 

I then positioned the wires, and secured them further by covering the bottom half and rest of the uncovered wood with ‘spray on foam’. Then I painted the hardened foam a dark green and super glued flowers to it. Finally, I attached butterflies made of organza nylons and thin wire to the green wires, with six large butterflies on the tops, and twelve smaller ones of the sides. And with the completion of the final steps and a few test runs, Buttercup was born! Now, the stickers remain on Buttercup at all times, and the topper is used only for parades and shows.