Pedal-Pusher Buick Busted in Toronto
When does art become a public menace? According to Toronto police, when it's driven on city streets. Canada.com reports Dean Baldwin was pulled over whilst "driving" artist Michel de Broin's Shared Propulsion Car (SPC). The vehicle in question is a 1986 Buick Regal that's been stripped of engine, transmission and suspension (it uses votive candles to meet the Canadian requirement for daytime running lights). In case you're wondering, the pedal-powered Buick is part of a solo exhibition at the Mercer Union art gallery. No matter. Baldwin has been charged with driving an unsafe vehicle. It isn't the first time the art car has caught the attention of the po-po. In Montreal, the art car went all of two blocks before it was pulled over. However, it went unchallenged (and probably unnoticed) when it appeared in New York City. When Baldwin's case comes up, de Broin said he plans to have the car towed to court. After winning the case, he'll "drive it away 'slowly' and 'freely'."
[You can see the Shared Propulsion Car in action on YouTube]