MINI Monster

Anthony Wilson whose previous MINI-themed surreal artwork includes an Aztec mask made from the front clip of a classic MINI has transformed a MINI Clubman at Shaftesbury, Dorset based Langford’s vehicle dismantling yard into a surreal creature that looks as if it has just landed from another planet.

“Although the MINI Monster does look as if it has come from outer space,” the sculptor states, “it is based upon the one of the gargoyles that once adorned Shaftesbury Abbey.” The Abbey is now lost to history, but Anthony was inspired by seeing the original stone carvings at the Shaftesbury Abbey museum.

To recreate those medieval monsters using a modern medium, Anthony worked with scrap cars as diverse as a modern day Citreon Saxo through to a classic MINI Clubman and Citroen 2CV.

“The MINI was destined to live again as recycled metal, “ Anthony states, “but with a little imagination it has been reborn as a piece of art, rather than being crushed and turned into baked bean cans.”

The MINI monster has two faces, one staring over the fence of the yard, the other facing customers, picking some spares for their vehicles. “The finished sculptures are quite spooky,” jokes Anthony, “and they should be more effective at deterring thieves than the traditional grizzled Alsatian on the end of large chain!”

Paul Langford, who owns the four-acre vehicle dismantling yard and has created some of his own art from spare parts of cars, said of the distinctive creations, “People do not usually associate art with car dismantlers, but I think it is a great way to get people to see some interesting works of art that they might otherwise never have chanced across.”

If anyone is planning to recycle their old MINI parts, or indeed any other ‘scrap’ materials, in a highly original way, Anthony is be pleased to discuss individual commissions. He may be contacted through his website

Published : 21/01/06 Author : Melanie Carter


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