Art Cars Run New York

Car artists are on a national tour to promote "Automorphosis," a documentary about art cars and their eccentric creators, and have descended on New York City.

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The "Music Mobile" was created by local art car sensation "Hoop," who's been making cars since the early 1980's
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Maya Pope-Chappell
The "California Fantasy Van" is covered in 5,000 pieces of brass and $15,000 in coins. The van was created over a 22 year period by Ernie Steingold, the godfather of the van's cross-country driver Hunter Mann.
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The "Camera Van" has 2,700 cameras on it and was created by filmmaker Harrod Blank. The van also includes six functional Cannon cameras that shoot print film and two operational video cameras that transmit live images to four TV monitors mounted on the passenger side of the van.
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The small fleet of art cars are parked on 41st St. in Times Square.
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Hunter Mann is the cross-country driver of the "California Fantasy Van," covered with 5,000 pieces of brass and $15,000 in coins.
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Maya Pope-Chappell
The "California Fantasy Van" is also called the Brass Van.
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This is just a few of the thousands of pieces of brass found on the brass van built over a 22-year period.
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Maya Pope-Chappell
The 5000 pieces of brass were collected from flea markets, antique stores and places as far as India and North Africa. Each piece of brass has a hole drilled into it and attached to the van with a metal rod.
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Each piece of brass has a hole drilled into it and attached to the van with a metal rod.
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The brass van has $15,000 worth of coins attached to it.
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Harrod Blank is the filmmaker of “Automorphosis,” a new documentary about art cars and their eccentric creators. Blank is on a national tour to promote the film, driving his "Camera Van" covered with 2,700 camera’s, from state to state.
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Maya Pope-Chappell
The "Camera Van" is covered with 2,700 camera’s. The van's creator Harrod Blank is also the filmmaker behind "Automorphosis," a documentary about art cars and their eccentric creators.
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Alex Matthews
This is just one of the 2,700 camera's on the "Camera Van."
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Local car artist Stephen “Hoop” Hooper played the keyboard attached to his “Music Mobile” covered in faux-fur record players, 45’s, 8-tracks, CD’s and other music-themed items.
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Hoop has been creating art cars that he calls "Hoopmobiles" for 20 years. This is just one of a dozen he has right now.
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Hoop has dozens of records attached the "Music Mobile," including this Simon and Garfunkel record.
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Maya Pope-Chappell
Hoop has a few keyboards attached to the "Music Mobile" that he says adults and children like to play.
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Alex Matthews
Hoop likes to stick his hand out of the window every now and then to play the keyboard attached to the driver-side door.
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