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The Story Behind Arlington’s ‘Fish Car’

No, it’s not Fresh Pond Seafood’s answer to the Oscar Mayer ‘Wienermobile.’

The Fish Car in Arlington. Photo credit: John Waller
The Fish Car in Arlington. Photo credit: John Waller

If you’ve driven down Mass. Ave. in Arlington recently, you’ve probably seen the silver “Fish Car” in the Shell station parking lot at the corner of Coleman Road.

Frankly, it’s hard to miss.

But what exactly is it?

Turns out it’s an art project by Arlington architect/sculptor William Turville.

Turville is an environmental activist as well. The following description is posted on the car:

“FishCar is made of recycled metal and wood and a recycled 1990 Dodge Omni saved from the crusher where not only most of the parts of the car would be wasted but most of the energy, materials and time spent producing it would be discarded and added to the ever-growing waste from our industrialized world. Nearly everything we own and use daily can have a second life.”

The car has been involved in various art festivals, including FIGMENT.

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Mark Kaepplein January 09, 2014 at 05:38 PM
What??? Cars going to the crusher IS recycling. Most go on ships returning to China after unloading consumer goods here. They then get melted down to make more new consumer goods for us. Granted, that loses most of the value in all the component parts (that salvage yards retain), but it is recycling. The market for used repair parts for 1990 Dodge Omni's is small, so crushing and melting down is the logical recycle path. How much waste is involved in attending and hauling that sculpture to art festivals?
Wind Dummy 25 January 09, 2014 at 07:24 PM
Whoa... What's that skid mark doing on the road? Probably smash into someone if it rust breaks free.
steve lowell February 03, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Does it still run ????

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