Partners Unlimited

Des Moines Art Car Site

"Extremely Recycled Firebird"

Auctioned to Randy Kelchen of Bundee, IA

Des Moines Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp @ McCombs School, Des Moines, Iowa


To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

The Boys & Girls Club is working with professional artists in music with RJ Hernandez and visual artist Bill Hamilton. Their car started out as a 1993 Mercury Sable and has become an abstract Art Car titled "Extremely Recycled Firebird" with metal platters, picture frames, broken mirrors, corks and candelabras adorning it. Their original theme song is "Que es Sol ?" (What is It ?) This car had its first debut at the Des Moines Arts Festival on June 29th and 30th. As the festival was winding down, folks were delighted to find their way lit out of the northwest exit as they passed a hauntingly candlelit car! Still under construction, the car can be seen transforming at McCombs School on the south side of Des Moines.

Major sponsors include; Liz Kruidenier, Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l, Principal Financial, Iowa Health System and the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation.

All five Art Cars and the partners Unlimited "promo art car" will be premiered at the Iowa State Fair Parade on Wednesday, August 8 @ 6 PM in downtown Des Moines near the State Capitol. Throughout the Iowa State Fair each car will be featured with morning performances from 9:30-11 AM at Expo Hill just beyond the Agricultural Building.

Join us Saturday, August 4 at 5:00 PM for the 360 Knoxville Nationals and Red Nose Night in celebration of Art Car and partners Unlimited. Several of the Art Cars will be premiered and promoted for the big Art Car Auction on Saturday, August 25th @ 5 PM at the Knoxville Championship Cup Series! All cars are available for pre-bidding on–line.

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