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Vintage Curtis Wright Trailer Heavily Modified Into Stunning Sculpture

You could argue that some vintage trailer campers have such beautiful and graceful lines that they’re pieces of art themselves.

One artist, Joe Scarpa, took it upon himself to create a sculpture from a popular vintage camper. Many onlookers seem to think that its an Airstream trailer, but the artist said,

It is a heavily modified late ’40s vintage Curtis Wright. The story is that it was being used as a chicken coop and rom the shape it was in when I got it, I believe it. That may have been the hardest part about finding a trailer for this project. The shell needed to be in good enough condition that I could use it, but I didn’t want to cut up a vintage trailer. that was worth restoring.

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This 1940s Curtis Wright trailer welcomes visitors to Southside Park in Sacramento, California.

Library of Congress
Library of Congress

Joe wanted to use an Airstream trailer for his sculpture, but the company wouldn’t bend to his budget,

A side note about Airstream, I have to give them full marks for accessability, but a failing grade for charity. Early in the project, I called and talked to the president of Airstream (who answered his own phone), about donating, selling at cost, or discounting a bambi shell for the project. I thought it would be great publicity for them. The only thing they offered was a small discount on a complete trailer. Needless to say this public art budget couldn’t accomodate a $30,000 trailer that I would have to gut and cut up.

At night the camper comes alive!

Curtis Wright trailer sculpture
Lisa Ouellette

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