Friday, August 13, 2010

Caged Bird – 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400

When I saw this Firebird staring through the chain-link fence at this storage place outside of Sterling, IL, I have to admit, I empathized with it. It’s not even a car that I have any emotional attachment to.

I don’t know what it says about me that with all of the human suffering going on in the world, I sometimes feel sorry for machines.

It’s just painfully obvious from the hand-painted flame-drops, that someone – probably a kid - poured so much of themselves into this old bird, and now it sits, tires rotting, dew rolling from its stationary beak. Sharing space with campers. Surely someone has memories of this car soaring along the open road.

To add insult to injury, an actual bird felt so confident that this Firebird isn’t going anywhere soon that it chose the car’s right rear tire to build its nest.

At least whoever drove it last parked it with its nose facing out, so it can be appreciated by passers-by. Maybe someone who thinks this old Firebird can fly again.

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  1. Love the second to last shot. Very cool lighting.

  2. Thanks, Gunnar.

    That's what makes it worth getting up at the crack of dawn to go looking for art. This is a cool subject, but the dew and the low, warm light are what evoke the mood of another beautiful day - spent in the cage.

  3. While reading the whole article. I find it kinda funny and a cute story. Taking its literal meaning "Firebird" a bird living in Pontiac tires that was funny..Furthermore, I've got to read from about "1964-2003 Pontiac GTO History", I would say that The Pontiac GTO it always has been a great even now the new models have great V8 power. Thanks for the wonderful article.


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