Now we’re sure you’ve have heard of Ron Arad, right? What do you mean, no? We thought you were an arty sort? Show what we know. Anyway, old Ron has a thing for the Fiat 500. So much so that he made an exhibition that featured the plucky little Italian. However, there must have been issues with the venue, as the cars didn’t make it into the exhibition unscathed. In fact, they were as plat as the proverbial pancake. Although to be honest, we’re sure we’ve seen thicker pancakes come to think of it. Poor Fiat 500.

The notion was to immortalise the little cars, as the represent a special part of Arad’s generation. Namely that of being a first car. We can understand that, but squishing them like your gran might do with roses and a heft book seems somewhat harsh.

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Colourful, but flat

Fiat 500 – not the real deal?

According to one source, the 500s are mock-ups, as the artist didn’t want to destroy real cars. Well, we’re sorry Ignant, but we’re not buying it. We know our motors and unless Ron has a fanatical eye for patina and detail, these cars look very much like the real deal. The Fiat 500s have hints of filler and rust. The overall look is tarnished and aged. They look like old cars. Albeit now two dimensional.

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That’s a real car, we’re sure of it

Of course it’s obvious the engine and drive-line and other associated parts have been removed. Had they not, getting this flat would have been hard. But replicate the cars – in metal – only to crush them? Seems like a lot of work to us. So on that basis, using the real thing would be cheaper. Plus, it’s more authentic. And that matters in art, right?

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Easier to park if nothing else

The cars donated their width in the name of Ron’s ‘In Reverse’ exhibition. We’re not clever enough to know why flat cars represent going backwards, but hey, we’ll go with it. It’s an unusual take and frankly, we like it. We’d love to have one on our office wall, that’s for sure. Plus, art and cars are always a welcome combination.

To paraphrase that person who said that thing about this stuff: we may not know much about flat cars as art, but we know what we like.