Tuesday, April 15, 2008

8 Cars on a Spike. Starting Bid: $50,000

D+R emeritus Steve Lodefink found this eBay auction for 8 cars on a spike.

The Spindle is a 50 foot high art sculpture made from 1970’s and early 1980’s era cars skewered on a giant spike located at Cermak Plaza shopping center in Berwyn, Illinois.

The cars on the "Spindle" starting at the top:

1. 1967 VW, red
2. 1976 BMW, silver License Plate reads "DAVE"
3. 1981 Ford Escort, blue
4. 1974 or 1973 Mercury Capri, green
5. 1978 Ford Mustang, white over blue
6. 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix, maroon or burgundy
7. 1980 or 1979 Ford LTD, light yellow
8. 1981 or 1979 Mercury, black

It was created by Dustin Shuler and commissioned by the partnership (Cermak Plaza Associates, LLC) that owns the shopping center.

The sculpture is being sold subject to copyright claims asserted by the artist Dustin Shuler.

The Spindle is probably best known from its appearance in the 1992 film from Paramount titled Wayne’s World. At the same time the movie was released, a companion music video created for the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” by the group Queen was released and received wide play on the cable channel MTV.

The Spindle is an internationally known roadside monument and Chicago area landmark and was even was featured in a State of Illinois tourism campaign.

The buyer will need to pay for removal and relocation. The foundation, guard rails and concrete base are not able to be salvaged. Engineered plans for construction are included.