Signed, unique art piece
- Toy car, sheet of metal
- Approx. 10 × 15 cm
"The reason for crushing toy cars goes way back. When I was a child I tried to crash small toy cars in a bench-vice. Now, many years later, I am able to control six million kilograms with an eight meter high hydraulic press. The inner child in me made me very curious, so it did not take long before the first toy cars where totally flat.
What I really like about pressing cars, is the fact that the cars will never crush in the same way. If I press two identical cars, they will always come out differently. The curated input in combination with the unpredictable outcome of the machine creates always a unique art piece.
The toy cars are collected in many different ways. Some are from second hand shops, other are from flea markets or people who donate them because they got forgotten and dusty in the attic. The challenge is to find rare toy cars and the ones that are characteristic and create a story of their own."
– Job van den Berg
Job van den Berg (1990), graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2015, is a Dutch designer with the will to push the boundaries of different materials and techniques. As a designer he is fascinated by the making process, manufacturers, specialist, materials and furniture. His work stems from the opportunities the industry has to offer. His starting point is a material and/or technique, followed by analyzes and experiments in collaboration with manufacturers and specialists. This quest for innovation leads to unexpected discoveries which shifts boundaries within the industry.