Volkswagen Beetle “Vochol” body decorated with 2 million beadsNovember 15, 2020
It took nine thousand hours to decorate the body of the legendary car with such a bright and original print.
The production of one of the most popular cars in history, the Volkswagen Beetle, was discontinued a year ago. The legendary “Beetle” left the assembly line after more than 80 years of history. One of these cars in the early 1990 version was turned into a real work of art.
Unusual Volkswagen Beetle “settled” in Mexico. He got the prefix “Vochol”. The body of a compact German car was decorated with a whole scattering of glass beads. All these patterns are a tribute to the tradition of beading of the Huichol Indians of the Mexican states of Nayarit and Jalisco. Moreover, such an original finish is also present in the car interior. A total of 2,277,000 beads were used to decorate this colorful Volkswagen Beetle.
Intricate and beautiful patterns were made from them, and eight artists from two families took part in this incredibly time-consuming and painstaking process. It took eight months to turn the Beetle into an art object on wheels – over 9 thousand hours!
2 million multi-colored beads were used for decoration
Let us remind you that this project started back in 2010. Each drawing, individual symbol or a whole pictorial plot is a day of respect for local culture.
On the hood of the car there are two snakes above the clouds – a symbol of rain. On the sides of the beads, they “painted” the gods of fire, corn and the sun, etc.
Not without references to historical facts important for the country. So, two inscriptions were applied to the car body along the fenders: “100 years since the Mexican revolution” and “200 years of independence” (we are talking about the 1910 revolution and the 1810 war of independence from Spain).
Visitors to one of the museums in the Mexican city of Guadalajara could get acquainted with Beetle Vochol. Then he became part of the exhibition in Mexico City. The cultural life of the car did not end there: it was exhibited in museums around the world (Europe, Asia, USA, South America and the Middle East).
Previously, an electric modification of the legendary Volkswagen Beetle was shown in the first renderings. It is far from a fact that we will see such a car even as a concept, but the idea itself looks interesting.
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