Saturday, December 31, 2011

Gorgeous Models of Rusted Antique Cars by Martin Heukeshoven

German artist Martin Heukeshoven makes miniatures of antique cars, but with a special touch. Instead of making shiny, new and all-chrome cars, Heukeshoven uses aged and rusty materials for his models creating incredibly detailed representative of what you will find rotting in scrapyards and barns somewhere. Heukeshoven’s collection includes models of Porsche, Jaguar and Citröen as never seen before.

This 48-years-old German artist started concerning himself with antique cars during the 1970's, when his brother restored those kinds of vehicles at his job. From there, Heukeshoven started to collect unusable materials as a hobby, transforming them into unique objects. His passion for the old and ruins provided a special touch for his sculptures, giving them an aspect of decay with steampunk reminiscences.

Martin Heukeshoven uses parts of cylinders, cameras, typewriters, used cartridges, etc for his models. His reproductions of cars like the Porsche 356 Renntransporter, the Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio are between 50 cm to 98 cm, but are so detailed in and outside - the upholstery, the engines, the dashboards and the flywheels.

Heukeshoven doesn’t build more than 2 or 3 cars per year and each piece takes up to 4 months to complete. Today he receives orders from all over the world and his pieces are worth 25 thousand euros each.

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