SAN DIEGO, CA.-
Ganeshmobile A 2008 Prius decorated with the design of a nineteenth century Indian paisley shawl, enhanced by images of the Remover of All Obstacles, Ganesha, Indias elephant-headed god. The hood ornament is a bronze sculpture of Ganesha dancing at the front of the car to remove obstacles from its path.
The owner is Stephen Huyler, Ph.D. cultural anthropologist, art historian, photographer and author, who has spent much of the past 33 years traveling in Indian villages documenting craftsmanship and contemporary traditions. Dr. Huyler is the Curator of SONABAI Another Way of Seeing, an exhibition opening at Mingei International in Balboa Park on July 26.
Venture Advertising of Rockport, Maine created a vinyl wrap for the car using as a design a nineteenth century Indian shawl owned by Huylers grandmother, then superimposed Ganesha on the passenger doors.
Mingei International Museum
exhibits folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world. Its two museums in Balboa Park and downtown Escondido feature Southern Californias largest and richest collection of mingei art of the people.