The car was meant to become a piece of art, displaying the “art” markings left by the visitors. The art making could have gone longer than three weeks, but ARoS noticed that any further scratches could have turned the car entirely white, leaving no remains of the actual messages. To preserve those, the museum put up a guard just three weeks later and announced that the “artwork” was now complete and no further interaction with the car is allowed.
The event happened last year in September, and it has been seven months since, but the car will stay on display at the museum until September before being returned to the owner, the Norwegian artist DOLK. The purpose is to provoke the thought in people about how the surroundings affect a person in different ways.
It’s all about showing how each individual’s destructive actions leave clear traces and contribute to a society whose facade is slowly cracking.
The act may sound ruthless and crazy, but when it is art, it does not need logic and is meant to send a message which the ARoS curator describes as: “Everything you do, every action, leaves a mark on the society you live in. None of us are left untouched, as every little action has an impact on the whole.”