Toys Are Us: Pickup Truck Exhibition
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Last Friday, as office hours wound down and the sun started to go to bed, we were greeted by what some in the "business" might call "a game changer." It was 4pm, cold, and ya know, we were all ready to go off into the sunset, when a rumbling from the street sent us a signal. Is that....Zac Shavrick's Toys Are Us project displayed in the back of a truck? "It can't be. Must be a dream," I said to myself. Yet, after rubbing my eyes I could still see it — a red truck with countless metal sculptures lining its bed. Like kids on Christmas we ran merrily down the stairs to check out this bit of welded whimsy, which featured nearly a hundred small statues of everything from the outrageous Buckethead, to a guy riding a (monster) Camel, to a family hanging out, to a Reddit-sourced grizzly bear with chainsaw hands (yep), each embodying a particular je ne sais pas that reminded me of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, which Zac mentioned was a favorite as a kid, so much so that he would re-create the characters in his dad's metal shop. And so, there you have it, a boy who crafted crazy little sculptures as a child continues to do the same as an adult. And, we, well, we were just there with a camera to document the dreamy magic that happened on the street that fateful afternoon. Check it out, above.