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!