1989 Renault Master Gear Box

Eric van Hove, 2017

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Mixed media (13 Materials): White Middle-Atlas cedar wood, Mahogany wood, Walnut wood, Pepperwood, yellow copper, Nickeled silver, recycled aluminium, cow skin, camel bone, cow bone, wood glue, tin and Chinese superglue.
Size (assembled): 68 cm x 42 cm x 37 cm
Size (exploded/exhibited on pedestal): 175cm x 55cm x 50cm (coming in a custom made box in pine wood & chiselled nickel silver bearing the names of the craftsmen)
Weight: 92 Kg
Edition: Unique
Courtesy the artist
Photo: Fenduq

Untitled (Renault Trafic Gear Box), Untitled (VW Passat Gear Box), 1965 Citroen 2CV Gear Box or 1989 Renault Master Gear Box are all part of a set of unique sculptures Eric van Hove created at Fenduq out of used car parts found in the car repair souks (marketplaces) of Marrakesh. Until recently, every old car that no longer met European safety standards would end up in Africa. Although, in Morocco, this process has been halted by legislation, there are still spare parts needed for constant repairs, a demand that fuels a thriving import of cars, disassembled into components. In general, local craftsmen are often asked to help prolong the life of broken consumer goods from Europe.