Vochol: Art on Wheels

While coming into the Denver International Airport recently, I came across this little gem.  Incredible!  This VW beetle, called “Vochol”, was created by 8 artists from the states of Jalisco and Nayarit in Mexico over an 8 month period.   In this traditional artform,  glass or plastic beads are pressed into wax to form intricate patterns signifigant in the culture, such as deer, eagles, or scorpions.

Here are some stats on what it took to make this one of a kind bug:

  • 8 artists
  • 9,408 hours
  • 2,277,000 beads!!!

The VW beetle was designed to highlight the centuries old tradition of the Huichol people while raise awareness of a slowly fading indigenous culture.  The Vochol has impressed people in museums of both Mexico and the US, as well as other locations.  Before being at DIA, it was at the Smithsonian, and will be on display until August 31, 2012.

As a quick side note, as I was standing there taking photos, a band starting playing, and as I glanced over, I saw a guy down on one knee proposing to his girlfriend.  I guess this bug really WAS inspiring.  Enjoy!

8 thoughts on “Vochol: Art on Wheels

  1. It never ceases to amaze me how one person has an idea that so many would find ridiculous (beading a bug?) and yet it is so powerful and reaches so many! Thank you for sharing these photos with us to reach even further.

    1. Yeah, right? I am glad you were amazed (I sure was!) and I think it is a cool way to showcase their work. Happy Tuesday to you and thanks for reading and your comment.

  2. Stunning!!! Amazing the work is must have taken to complete this. This handcraft of decorating handcrafts with mini pearls is known in Mexico by the “Huicholes”, an indigenous tribe living in the Mexican states Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Durango. They do true art! Greetings from Cancun 🙂

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