‘The Art of the Motorcycle’ at the Guggenheim Museum; ‘Cars as Art’ at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; the ‘BMW Art Cars’sought after by museums around the world; a rare Cisitalia sportscar on permanent display at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) since 1972; the list goes on…
Various museums of modern art have held special exhibits extolling the beauty of motorized vehicles; a few have even glamorized great technology. One such special-technology vehicle worthy of fame is the Unimog, and it’s no stranger at MoMA.
What this has to do with alternative transportation, you may ask. Right after World War II, the Unimog was cobbled together for German farmers to do heavy fieldwork, and later take the harvest to market in the same, fast ‘tractor-pickup’ combination.
Other occupations found the Unimog very useful, and after more than seventy years of development, and many model versions and variations, it seems to be the most universal thing on wheels that ever was. And still is. For work or leisure.
The Unimog, pronounced you-nee-mog, -better still- oo-nee-mog, has arrived at the pinnacle of versatility, making the luxurious, versatile Land Rover look like a ‘little red wagon’. I have great respect and admiration for JLR, enjoyed working on them and owned one; —perusing the links will make clear what I mean.
A Unimog will go “where no vehicle has gone before”.
Even better, various ‘Tuners’ have given new meaning to the term luxury RV when joined with a Unimog. Two of these, built for “roughing it”, have graced the halls of MoMA. (linked in paragraphs two and four)
If you don’t care for complex vehicles, you are in luck; This is short.
If you are interested to learn more, you are also in luck; the links will lead you to a wealth of information. Yours truly wrote a –slightly dated– series about the Unimog for another website. The first article and number four are accessible from the links; part 2 and 3 are no longer listed, but if you are interested, I will email them to you — contact me thru Examiner. No charge.
To learn more about the art of the automobile, watch an interesting twenty-minute video from former BMW designer Chris Bangle. While you enjoy that, your children can build a Lego Unimog.
In Scott Rosenberg’s 3-part series about links, his second paragraph reads:
Links have become an essential part of how I write, and also part of how I read.
This writer would like to add, “After perusing any link from the original text, go back, do not go from link to link. Go to a link only from the original text you are reading.”
Rosenberg writes: Links announce our presence. They show a writer’s work. They are badges of honesty, inviting readers to check that work. They demonstrate fairness. They can be simple gestures of communication; they can be complex signifiers of meaning. They make connections between things. They add coherence. They build context.
http://www.businessinsider.com/do-links-really-rot-our-brains-a-second-l… Part 1
http://www.wordyard.com/2010/08/31/in-defense-of-links-part-two-money-ch… Part 2
http://www.businessinsider.com/links-dont-chop-up-the-web–they-knit-it-… Part 3