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Artist Hetain Creates a Transformer Robot out of 1988 Fiesta

Artist Hetain Patel has taken a 1988 Ford Fiesta and converted it into a fierce looking transformer! Transformers tend to take the shape of hot cars like Lamborghinis, Porsches, and Chevrolet Corvettes. Hetain went in a different direction by turning a little Ford Fiesta hatchback into a Transformers monument.

While Transformers on the big screen can turn into humanoid figures in a matter of seconds, it took a bit longer to create the Fiesta sculpture. Patel started with a red 1988 Fiesta that had seen better days. He was inspired to use a Fiesta because it was the first car he ever owned, a gift from his father. His father, a mechanic who converts cars into hearses, worked with him on the creation.

"My first car was a 1988 Ford Fiesta gifted to me by my father as I turned 17. Born in the U.K. to immigrant Indian parents, the passing of a car between generations provided me with my first taste of independence," the artist said

"For me, these 'robots in disguise' (as per the cartoon's theme tune) stand as a metaphor for the other, in a fantasy world where they can transform out of a marginal position into one of empowerment," writes Patel in an artist's statement.

Patel and his father's efforts are captured in a video that traces the project as it develops over time. The result is recognizable as both a working-class car and a squatting Transformers figure.

"Unlike the popular toys and films, the car here is not a high-powered sports car or truck transformed into a powerful warrior, but rather a small, inexpensive Ford Fiesta transformed into a human, calmly squatting," he said of the sculpture, which is on display at the Galleria Continua in France until December.

"This posture is a recurring image in my work and forges a link between the lower classes in India and my immigrant family in the U.K., both of whom sit comfortably this way," Patel continued. "Naturally this introduces a tension in this sculpture between the seemingly submissive nature of the squat and, in this case, its oddly larger-than-life scale."

“My artwork is about identity and leverage,” Patel said at the time, according to the TED Blog. “Challenging common assumptions on how we look or where we come from. Gender, race, class. What makes us who we are anyway?”

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