THE MEGA MILLENNIUM MOTORCAR
a.k.a. JETS'EM CRUISER
First, let me say this is not just an automobile
but a concept; a concept involving an intricate and interesting combination
Some of the aspects encompassing the project seem unrelated but the unifying
theme which binds the whole is that of the MEGA EPIC. Based largely on
the life and times of artist David John Mega the concept was born out of
the natural affinity that the two words Mega and Epic have towards one
If one can assume that every human being plays the starring role in the
story of their life, then one must assume we are all performance artists
on our own world stage. As Shakespeare has so astutely pointed out, we
all play out role. In the MEGA EPIC, friends and acquaintances have a greatly
magnified role as do the artistic creations and life experiences of the
artist and his friends. Thus, Levena Holmes, Penthouse Pet and International
model becomes the MEGABABE and her cruising machine is a red 1959 Cadillac
convertible. The Cadillac, of course, is in real life a Concours d 'elegance
winner fully restored by Mega from the frame up and is now part of a private
art collection in Germany. This in turn led to participation in an international
art exhibit held in Germany and the United States in which Mega used the
excessively styled flamboyant 59 Cadillac as a cultural symbol of mid twentieth
century Americana. The exhibit included painting, sculpture, jewelry, video,
photography, poetry and the art film MEGABABE. Using just one example,
we can see how art imitates life and life initiated art in the world of
the artist, Mega.
The JETS'EM CRUISER was conceived and built for the artists' wife, Sherry,
a.k.a SUPER SONIC SHERRY MEGA JETS'EM. To chronicle the construction of
the vehicle and to document the development of the concept, MegaLee Moving
Picture Productions was formed with Christian Lee, professor and head of
the media department at West Liberty University. One aspect of the concept
is to document the building of a custom show car in the typical backyard
home garage of the late 20th century. Which, with increasingly elevated
environmental standards, this type of facility will soon not only become
obsolete but also unlawful, thus making this documentary a period piece.
At the same time the SciFI (inspired) MEGA EPIC continues as an art film
and SUPER SONIC SHERRY and her JETS'EM CRUISER becomes as real as the MEGABABE
and her 59 Cadillac.
As for the JETS'EM CRUISER as an automobile-true to the pattern of the
MEGA EPIC it must become more than a car, so it must become more than a
car, so it must be positioned on the fore front of automobile technology.
First, with alternative fuel as a power source, along with new developments
in lighting, advancement in paint finishes, computer sensory mapping and
other technological enhancements.
So, the little car that began life as an American Motors Pacer a quarter
century ago, now has developed a life of its own that will extend into
the new millennium. It will become a focal point and testing ground for
a variety of creative endeavors and original uses of modern technology
presented with a fresh approach in many diverse fields from mechanics to
And so the Epic continues.
The Jets'em Cruiser as an Artistic Endeavor
We are now on the threshold of a new era. As the
millennium draws to a close many of out thoughts and dreams will also end.
High Tech is the new word for today. Computers, electronics, robotics...
all this will replace the rugged individual working far into the night
to fulfill a personal vision.
The profession of building automobiles has traditionally been one of the
self taught individual using whatever
components, materials and equipment was at hand to express his own unique
creativity. The impending mandatory license to purchase paint and related
materials, as well as spray booths, toxic waste treatment devices and environmentally
friendly procedures, among other things will insure the demise of this
once hardy individual. Laws will be enacted so that not after the year
2000 this once robust human type will cease to exist.
Documenting the swan song of a group of like minded individuals creating
a futuristic vehicle in a disappearing environment is the basis of this
factual record set down in an artistic format. Although the setting is
the Appalachian region of the United States, in the closing months of the
20th century the atmosphere is reminiscent of the European Bauhause movement
in the earlier part of the century. A variety of personalities are here
expressing themselves as individuals yet united in the common goal of producing
an automobile like no other in the world.
This artistic statement will be viewed as a documentary but the subtle
symbolism elevates the piece to an Art Film with plans for submission to
various Art Galleries, Film Festivals and exhibits in the United States
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