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5 March 2018

This guy turned a Holden HQ Kingswood into an art piece

By Aaron LoftsAaron Lofts
The concept was an old iconic Australian car lifting itself back onto the podium, rising to the top to relive it’s ‘Glory Days’ again. (image credit: Survivor Car Australia)

​Do you believe what you see? Is it for real? Well after looking long and hard at this HQ Kingswood station wagon in disbelief we can tell you that it does exist, 100%.

“Glory Days” is an art piece that was constructed by Victorian artist Jason Waterhouse. “I built this piece as an entry into the McClelland Survey & Award in 2010, where I was a finalist. The concept was an old iconic Australian car lifting itself back onto the podium, rising to the top to relive it’s ‘Glory Days’ again.” This sculpture was displayed in a bush setting at the McClelland sculpture park, and then displayed at the Ballarat art gallery. The car is currently displayed at the Stockroom in Kyneton VIC.

“I found the car on eBay of all places, and bought it for the right price. When I got it home I had a good look at it, and it suited my concept perfectly – it was almost too good.” Explains Jason. The project took around 150 hours to complete, and Jason spent lots of time making sure the car looked as close to untouched as possible. “Yes, I was crazy enough to cut up a ‘barn find’ and turn it into an art project, and believe it or not the car is still transportable and can be steered freely once it is removed from the plinth.”

  • The drawing of the art piece. (image credit: Survivor Car Australia) The drawing of the art piece. (image credit: Survivor Car Australia)
  • The Kingswood before being turned into a piece of art. (image credit: Survivor Car Australia) The Kingswood before being turned into a piece of art. (image credit: Survivor Car Australia)
  • "Yes, I was crazy enough to cut up a barn find". (image credit: Survivor Car Australia) "Yes, I was crazy enough to cut up a barn find". (image credit: Survivor Car Australia)
  • Jason found the car on eBay of all places. (image credit: Survivor Car Australia) Jason found the car on eBay of all places. (image credit: Survivor Car Australia)
  • The project took around 150 hours to complete. (image credit: Survivor Car Australia) The project took around 150 hours to complete. (image credit: Survivor Car Australia)
  • Jason built this piece as an entry into the McClelland Survey & Award in 2010, and was a finalist. (image credit: Survivor Car Australia) Jason built this piece as an entry into the McClelland Survey & Award in 2010, and was a finalist. (image credit: Survivor Car Australia)

Not only is Jason into sculpture and art, he is a genuine car enthusiast who owns a number of interesting and unique cars, including his daily driver – a ‘60s Commer van. However his pride and joy is his super rare Toyota Crown MS75 coupe, believed to be one of only 11 examples in Australia.

Amongst other pieces that Jason has completed is a very interesting and modern looking Citroen CX, a twisted Malvern Star bicycle, and some very curvy Skateboards that hang on coat hangers. You can see a selection of his works by visiting www.jasonwaterhouse.com.

Source: Survivor Car Australia

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