I recently came across these lovely cars made by Marcelo Zocchio. Seeing the little unique vehicles (all 117 of them!) in this video, I wanted to find out a bit more. So I went ahead and asked a few questions ^^ You can read them below.
Who are you and where are you from?
I am an artist working mostly with photography and sculpture and a commercial wood worker, working with recycled wood collected in the streets of São Paulo, Brazil.
What inspired you to make these cars?
I have always wanted to do something related to trucks. In order to make a piece of furniture for example, I usually discard the timber ends so I had accumulated these pieces. One day I realized that I could create the “truck tocos” (truck ends, literally translated) with them. So it was a way to use even the timber ends, reinforcing the concept of reusing the material.
How many have you made so far, and will you make more?
I made some (around ten) in 2011 and was commissioned in 2013 by Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo to make an edition of 117 for their Design Collectors Club. They ask for exclusivity so I will not make any more.
I would really like to know: if you had to choose (a few) favourite cars, which ones would you choose?
Out of 117 I think I would choose 80… but I’ll pick 10 for you: counting from the video (click here to see) #1, 17, 27, 41, 43, 66, 74, 84, 100 and 112. (1, 17, 41 and 74 pictured above ^^)
If you could say something to a large group of people, what would you say?
Oh it’s very obvious: RE… recycle, reuse, recover, renovate!
Who would’ve thought recycling could be this beautiful? Thank you Marcelo!
This is gorgeous! We need to play more with abandoned materials, they have so much character.