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Sea Shell Truck
updated: Apr 27, 2014, 4:00 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Has anyone else seen the small pick up truck that is completely covered w/ sea shells driving the SB streets this week? We saw it 3 times in the Milpas area between Weds & Friday. The truck says "sculptura" on it. Anyone know the story behind it?

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 COMMENT 514380 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-26 07:44 PM

I saw it at Lazy Acres a month or so ago. Seems like it's a local person.

 

 COMMENT 514385 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-26 08:07 PM

Saw it, didn't think too much about it as this is Santa Barbara

 

 MOUNTAINMAN4865 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-26 08:19 PM

I saw it once, on Painted Cave Rd. Thought it was awesome!! There is an art car show in Houston every year at the Orange Parade. They are simply dazzling, this car reminded me of it.... that and the RV that is often found at the parking lot at Cabrillo and Garden.

 

 COMMENT 514389 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-26 08:28 PM

put your ear to the tailpipe and you can hear the ocean

 

 NATURE BOY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-26 08:34 PM

Saw it at the Las Postitas post office about 3 months ago. The story is posted on the truck itself. Told the guy i liked it and he seemed cool.

 

 COMMENT 514394P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-26 09:13 PM

389 for the win!!!

 

 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-26 10:16 PM

Agreed, 389 made me laugh!!!

 

 COMMENT 514400P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-26 10:23 PM

I believe it "lives" in the neighborhood by Does Pueblos HS. It is normally kept in a closed garage.

 

 COMMENT 514407 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 07:51 AM

Pickup or van ?

 

 SMARTYPANTS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 08:16 AM

What a tease..send a picture pleeze!

 

 REXOFSB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 09:08 AM

I once owned a pickup truck with a camper shell, but I guess this is something different.

 

 REXOFSB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 03:57 PM

Q: Why did the pickup cross the road?
A: To get to the Shell station.

Okay. Sorry.

 

 COMMENT 514507P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 04:16 PM

wow - it's pretty impressive!

 

 COMMENT 514511P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 04:29 PM

I imagine that the owner thinks of the truck as a work of art or something, but for some reason it rubs me the wrong way: Shells are incredible works of natural beauty, and decorating a polluting gas-gussling motor vehicle (while decreasing its gas mileage and probably using epoxy or some other toxic glue) seems sacrilegious to me (as a nature lover). I'd prefer to have the shells left wherever they washed up...

 

 COMMENT 514516 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 05:00 PM

I say it should be yarn-bombed.

 

 COMMENT 514517 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 05:02 PM

I would not be surprised to find out that the shells have the same drag reducing effects as those of the dimples on a golf ball.

 

 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 05:14 PM

511P. Not to worry. The truck runs on biofuel and the shells were free range, organically feed and harvested only after a natural death, by former tourism sex workers as part of a micro enterprise program.

 

 COMMENT 514528 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 05:58 PM

While the vehicle is very neat and creative, why is this guy being rewarded for stealing that many shells from the beach but I can't even collect drift wood without being scrutinized..aw poo..sorry for being negative but I had to throw my two cents in..

 

 COMMENT 514529 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 05:59 PM

511P probably drives a Prius or similar "environmentaly friendly" vehicle which relies on rare earths strip mined and refined with toxic chemicals carelessly dumped around 3rd world mining villages.

 

 COMMENT 514532 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 06:03 PM

I did not mean tweeker in a bad way I ment it as in meticulous;time consuming etc.

 

 COMMENT 514538P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 06:31 PM

I want to know how he gets them to add stay on the truck. I'm sure people, children especially, would try to pry them off. I, personally, would love a suggestion of the best place to take my children to see a tide pool.

Rex.. I thought they were funny!

 

 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-27 06:40 PM

I don't think he collected them, they look like tropical shells. The kind you can buy by the bag full. Wonder if there is a salt water car wash close by.

 

 COMMENT 514576 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-28 07:23 AM

Look at meeeeeee!

 

 COMMENT 514594 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-28 08:33 AM

The shells have obviously been bleached or blanched and given the uniformity of size they were most likely not recovered randomly by beachcombing. As far as increasing "drag" on vehicles that is another topic and would involve a wide range of objects on vehicles, their shape, etc. better suited for a discussion about engineering aerodynamics and not some political ecological earth-rant.

 

 COMMENT 514596P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-28 08:36 AM

#389----you have made my day!

 

 COMMENT 514599 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-28 08:40 AM

It would fit right in the " ArtoCade" in Trinidad Co. Bring it out.. All's Welcome

 

 COMMENT 514601 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-28 08:52 AM

Some answers:
evolvearts DOT com/shelltruckfaq.html

 

 COMMENT 514627 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-28 10:11 AM

Found this FAQ sheet online - search for "shell truck evolvearts"

Q: Were the shells found and/or bought? A: Most were found on beaches around the world and some bought. There are over 700 sand dollars on the truck which were found on Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

Q: How are the shells adhered to the car, do they fall off?
A: With flexible, waterproof silicone caulking. Silicone is a very strong adhesive so the shells do not come off, even on the freeway.

Q: How is Shell Truck washed? A: Carefully, with soap, water and a scrub brush. No drive-thru car washes ;-)

Q: Do people vandalize and/or take shells off Shell Truck? A: Thankfully, people have been very respectful of this work. Shell Truck has been parked and viewed in numerous cities throughout the Western United States with no problems, a testament to the character of residents and visitors in these regions.

 

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