The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle

May 27th, 2009

“The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle” by Jonathan Schipper is a machine that advances two full sized automobiles slowly into one another over a period of 6 days, simulating a head on automobile collision. You can see 2 timelapse videos here.

The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle by Jonathan Schipper

The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle by Jonathan Schipper

The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle by Jonathan Schipper

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9 Responses to “The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle”

  1. Juliette Says:

    I don’t think my boyfriend would agree because he loves these cars so much, but I think it’s awesome.
    It’s a great and simple reflection on the perception of time.
    I’m re-posting!!

  2. Anna Mole Prince Says:

    What a waste of awesome cars! He’s right these cars are becoming extinct..not need to hurry the process. It would have been better if he used a PT cruiser instead. Sorry I used to own a ’79 transam so to see this…well it seems like murder

  3. GM crash test dummies Says:

    […] artist created this work a couple of years ago to symbolize the Death of American Muscle.   In the display, two muscle cars move imperceptibly toward each other, so slowly you […]

  4. Stuttgart versus München - today and tomorrow Says:

    […] September, Jonathan Schipper did an European version of his installation “The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle” in Den Haag, The Netherlands. This time he used a Mercedes 230 CE Brabus and a MBW 525i. The […]

  5. Brian Says:

    this is so…damn stupid, why the heck would ya waste to nice looking American muscle cars just to prove a freaking point on something, thats what computer animations for now, man…this is got me alittle steamed! talk about the american muscle dyeing, well…you just killed to nicely looking machnes right there, dumbass!! theres no freaking whay you could be american or a american muscle car lover, because theres NO WAY IN HELL a real american muscle car lover would do something like that, PERIOD!!!

  6. chuck Says:

    im not a gm guy at all but i do have to admit the firebird looks like it was a pretty nice car the trans am on the other hand was a rust bucket and why get upset about it if they were quality enough to restore they wouldnt have got crushed i personally know were there are 200+ trans ams firebirds just sitting going to waste so whats the difference just my 2 cents

  7. Thomas Says:

    I can understand destroying new car for science and recycling the metal and stuff, but destroying two beautiful pieces of history is wrong. Both of those cars are in beautiful condition considering the years and didn’t deserve it. The more cars we destroy with this kind of stuff, the fewer there will be left for future generations. The kids of tomorrow don;t want to read about cars like that. They want to drive, restore and love cars like that. To destroy wonderful pieces of american culture is treason to me. Just saying.

  8. gary Says:

    Well I’ve got news for the “artist”. American muscle cars will be here long after the last “electric” goes the way of the dodo bird. Reason? Because people care for them stupid. Electric cars will be no more appreciated by future generations than the washing machine you now have in your home. Attention “green car” owners…. Where do you think the electricity comes from to charge your obamamobile??? From coal fired electric generating stations you moron.

  9. ben Says:

    why the hell did you have to use classic American muscle cars. this really has pissed me off. you know what fuck this and fuck you. you stupid fucking artist, why don’t you burn paintings from Picasso, to see what fire dose to paintings. American muscle cars are not car’s, they are works of art that serves a purpose. one day these cars will be werth a lot of money

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