Artist Paula Blinco Collins, best known for her more than 200 bas-relief brick sculptures on display throughout the country, has donated her 2016 ArtPrize entry, “Mom’s Favorite Car,” to the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners.
A life-sized recreation of a car made out of 12,000 pounds of brick, her entry is nearly four times the weight of the actual car. “It’s a 1940 Pontiac that will never rust,” Collins said.
The stand-alone brick sculpture “Mom’s Favorite Car” was created by Collins in honor of the first car in which her mother Aileene rode. The gift arrived at Gilmore on Monday, Oct. 10, her mother’s 90th birthday. She was able to see it in Grand Rapids.
“We were ecstatic to receive such a unique piece of art that was part of the world-renowned ArtPrize competition,” said Executive Director of the Museum, Michael Spezia. “I am certain it will become a focal point of the Museum’s 90-acre campus.”
More than 380,000 public votes were cast at ArtPrize this year. Collins’ entry ranked fifth in three-dimensional entries. To learn more about Gilmore, visit: www.GilmoreCarMuseum.org or call 269-671-5089.
The 12,000 pound brick sculpture of a 1940 Pontiac arrives at the Gilmore Car Museum. The museum will pour a concert pad to permanently display the work by artist Paula Blinco Collins.
Photo credit: Gilmore Car Museum