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Plano resident spins a yarn car
If you see an antique car covered in yarn while driving around Plano,
don't worry. You're not hallucinating.
The colorful 1967 Chrysler Crown Imperial is actually "The Elements,"
a rolling work of modern art created by Plano resident Tim Klein
as a way to turn heads and have fun. "I always wanted to have
a car that was not only unusual but unique in the world," Klein
He got his wish by covering his Chrysler sedan in more than four miles
of blue, black, yellow, and white yarn arranged in intricate, brightly
The design is intended to represent the natural elements of science:
air, earth, fire, water, and ether. Klein said he chose the car's
unusual theme "because putting art on a car inherently exposes
it to the elements, and I thought it would be interesting to do art
that represents the very thing that can destroy it."
After a year of working on the design, Klein's eye-catching "art car"
got national attention with a feature story in USA Today, a spot in the
2003 New York Auto Show, and an appearance on CNN.
It also appeared in a Canadian comedy festival. But driving an
art car isn't all fun, Klein said, since keeping four miles of
yarn clean can be a chore.
"To be honest, I never have (washed the car)," Klein admitted,
"although I was careful to use machine washable yarn so it can be
cleaned with detergent."
More information on "The Elements" can be found online at
Photo caption: Tim Klein of Plano spent a year creating the intricate
design on "The Elements," a 1967 Chrysler that has drawn