And You Thought That The Panamera Was A Porker

Ronnie Schreiber
by Ronnie Schreiber
and you thought that the panamera was a porker

Austrian artist Erwin Wurm may stretch the concept of sculpture but you can’t deny that the man has a sense of whimsy. Though the basic concept of art cars appeals to me, the execution often has a whiff of hostility to the automobile that this car enthusiast can’t stomach. That notwithstanding, when I first saw a photo of one of Wurm’s Fat Car series, I couldn’t help but smile. After all, we enthusiasts often complain about how manufacturers we once admired have allowed their cars to get bloated and heavy.

How can you not give at least grudging props to a man, in Austria of all places, where Dr. Porsche spent his early career, who has the blasphemous audacity to turn a Porsche into a real Porker? More than a decade ago Wurm started out with smaller fat car sculptures, sort of scale models. One small Fat Car sold for 55,000 Euros in 2009. Wurm then moved on to a full size Fat Car, working with Opel engineers. Wurm told an interviewer that he had hoped to end up with with something that combined something biological with something mechanical, but according to the artist Opel’s digital design equipment could not render the “natural” looking shapes that he was looking for, so he decided to start with an already assembled car, in this case a Porsche cabriolet. Working with expanded polyurethane and polystyrene foams covered with laquer, Wurm debuted the “Fat Convertible” Porsche in 2004. Since then he has made other Fat Cars.

Mr. Wurm seems to like using things automotive as an artistic medium. In 2005, Wurm created a work titled Truck, an Isuzu medium duty whose bed can rest against a wall.

After bending a truck, in 2006 he made a bent bus, a VW Transporter that thinks it’s a caterpillar, titled Telekinetically Bent VW Van.

You can check out more of Erwin Wurm’s art at his minimalist website.

Ronnie Schreiber edits Cars In Depth, a realistic perspective on cars & car culture and the original 3D car site. If you found this post worthwhile, you can dig deeper at Cars In Depth. If the 3D thing freaks you out, don’t worry, all the photo and video players in use at the site have mono options. Thanks for reading– RJS

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  • Speed Spaniel Speed Spaniel on Jul 30, 2012

    Eeek! The red car image brings back the terrible memory of me accidentally walking in on a 400 lb+ fat lady in a public restroom on the Island of Sardinia. Thanks for the memories, you've erased countless therapy sessions.

  • Bob Bob on Jul 30, 2012

    It looks like the Care Bears car!

  • Jamie Electric cars and their planet stripping unsustainable mineral needs. Nothing is perfect.....
  • Tom Kenney Wondering the same. It's getting late for 2024....I should scoop up a 2023 3.3t now.
  • Ja-GTI My father bought one of these new in '75, when I was an inquisitive lad of six with a younger sister of four. I showed her how to open the rear hatch, and then I noticed a convenient pull-down handle on the bottom of the rear parcel shelf. I couldn't reach it from the ground, so I climbed in the back, pulled on the handle, and quite suddenly shut the hatch on top of me. The four year-old sister couldn't follow my frantic instruction on how to open the hatch - she eventually left to go to our neighbor's house to "get some cookies", and I spent the next several hours having a very bad time.Finally, the older nine year-old sister came home from school and was showing the new car to a friend when she heard me yelling and freed me from my VW prison. Thankfully, I overcame my childhood PTSD and ended up owning an '07 GTI for fourteen years - which gave me another type of PTSD. And my VW circle of life is now complete. Well, except for the '15 Jetta TDI manual I bought for my son...
  • Inside Looking Out In America non-violent crime is legalized in 2020 but in England not. That guy in America would be considered as the pillar of society. Wild west you know,
  • El scotto Having really bad SATO flashbacks. Someone from Alamo would stop by the SATO office and stuff some display rack with 10$ off at Alamo! coupons. Off on another mission for Truth, Justice, and the American Way of Life! Well OK, I was off to talk to some tech reps. Riding the shuttle bus to Alamo I inwardly prayed please, oh please may there be a Neon and not a damn Sebring! Neons were by and far one of the best cheap rental cars.