Partners Unlimited

Oakridge Art Car Site

"Auto Graf"

Auctioned to Wayne & Erin Johnson

Oakridge Neighborhood, Des Moines, Iowa


Oakridge Neighborhood in Des Moines is working with professional artists in dance with Janice Baker and visual arts with Bill Hamilton. This group got a "jump start" (literally) at the Des Moines Arts Festival on July 30 as they experimented and explored possibilities in creating a "graffiti car". Festival goers were able to witness the beginning stages of the project as youth spray painted their work of art! The car, an 1987 Mercury Continental, provides a large canvas for their theme, but apparently has already been on a journey. Security at Oakridge Neighborhood thought the car looked suspicious and had it impounded! So the story begins to weave. Plans are in the works to attach a popular graffiti surface ... a garbage dumpster, to the top of the car. Images in African movement and masks will build off the graffiti theme as youth prepare for their parade and state fair performances.

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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