You are probably asking, ‘What is the fringe car?’ I was walking down our main street this morning to return library items. Outside the library was a white car with various messages scribbled on it. No, it wasn’t the work of vandals. Irresponsible people had not put graffiti on the vehicle. The Adelaide Fringe Festival starts today. This car is an invitation to the public to be involved in a piece of interactive art. The instruction is to write something positive anywhere on the car. What a great idea.
The Fringe Car. Author’s own photo
Taped to one of the side windows was an explanation behind this piece of interactive art. It stated there have been many negative events of late and encouraged the public to think of something positive to write on the car. Textas were provided. I liked the idea of encouraging people to express a positive sentiment instead of focussing on all the bad things happening in the world.
Author’s own photo
Today is the first day of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. A number of people have already put their positive thoughts on the car in three or four words or a sentence or two. I wonder how soon the entire car will be covered in positive and uplifting messages. I don’t know if the car will be on display for the entire Fringe or for only part of it.
Car bonnet. Author’s own photo
Some of the comments which have been written-
• ‘Be inspired every day’
• ‘Treat people with respect just as you’d like to be treated’. Kylie M
• ‘Positivity is key to success’
• ‘Connect with the community eg talk interact with ‘real’ people’
• ‘Smile and be happy’
• ‘Be who you are and don’t let anyone take that away from you’.
People were stopping, looking and reading the messages. Some started talking to those around them asking what it was all about. It encouraged people to communicate and even talk to strangers. There were those who were hesitant about picking up a texta and writing on a car, an act that would usually be regarded as anti-social.
The Fringe Car is making people think about something positive they could add. Some may not write on the car but even thinking about it is a start. The car is encouraging discussion and communication. and that is a good thing.
Hello Marie I am the creator behind the Galwer Fringe Car I really liked your post and just wanted to add the car project also had No age barriers, No gender barriers, No disability barriers and No cultural barriers a complete Freedom of Expression kind regards Steve Oatway
Thanks for your comments Steve. It would be great to encourage people to think of the positive and express these thoughts on a regular basis and like you said with no barriers. The news on television, internet, radio etc concentrates on the negative, the tragic and the horrific events. Then people discuss these events and tend to forget the positive things in the world. Unfortunately there will always be bad and negative things happening but I wonder if the state of the world could be improved if more people promoted the positive. Looking forward to seeing your next project.