Frozen Nova Waits for Spring, Questions Oil Consumption
By Mike Mello
What happens when you freeze a 1978 Chevy Nova in a block of ice? You put a car’s life on hold while the elements work it over until Spring arrives. Sounds like a pretty good way to make a statement about technology and the environment.
Two artists, Mary Carothers and Sue Wrbican, have put together the Frozen Car Project
, installed on the grounds of Michigan Tech University. At any time, you can view the webcam
and monitor the Nova’s frozen status as conditions change from now until the Spring thaw. Will the ice help preserve this product of the mid-1970s Oil Crisis; a car originally developed to deliver good gas mileage? Will the Nova suffer any accelerated deterioration as its materials react to being encased in ice? What will people think about when comparing this machine to the natural world? Will it urge you to think about the importance of saving fuel?
These are the kinds of questions I’ll be mulling over when checking out the Frozen Car Project blog
. The ’78 Nova at the heart of the installation is, by today’s standards, a relic, and is what some would call a gas hog – even though it was more of a gas miser when new. As old technology becomes outdated, this kind of project reminds me of today’s most economical cars and where we’ll be 30 years from now.
Edit: The engine and other fluids were removed from the car.
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