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Jesse Bercowetz / Matt Bua

The Ghost of Henry Ford Future


96 x 48 x 60 inches

Wood, metal, plastic, hot glue, Styrofoam, paper, wire, string, rope, tooth picks, shish kabob skewers, Plexiglas, light, acrylic paint, ink, resin, burnt croissant…

This Floating Figure represent the apparition of historical industrialist Henry Ford, on his return from the future murmuring words to be interpreted. Henry Ford is best known for his Model T and inventing the assembly line. He proclaimed, “ I will build a car for the great multitude” and “ History is Bunk”. Ford along with good friend George Washington Carver, hailed the soybean and hemp as the renewable energy sources of the future, making the shell of his cars from them and fueling them with bio-diesel.

A complicated character- Ford was a stanch anti-war advocate that spoke out strongly against the international bankers who were forming the privatized Federal Reserve. He was also an anti-Semite and was the recipient of the Grand Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle.

Ford’s Model T dangles like a mobile from his left hand. The scrap’s from the “woody” station wagon factory form themselves into Kingsford Charcoal briquettes and dance in a halo around his vanishing leg, ready to be lit. Ford’s right hand reaches out to pet the tailless baboon; based on Picasso’s, “ Baboon and Young “ the head of the baboon resembles the Volkswagen, Hitler’s response to the Model T. The baboon peers up looking for clarity on subjects such as Eugenics, Darwinism, the Missing links, Master Race and Huxley’s changing of Lord to Ford.

See the book attached to the sculpture for more details.


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