100 Hubcaps references the iconic Pearblossom Highway’s history and path through our towns with a public art installation created from over a hundred chrome hubcaps hand-painted by local residents. This instantly recognizable symbol of the road provided a platform for expression about the highway, our towns, and what changes may come from a proposed High Desert Corridor just to the north. The hubcaps are mounted in a free-flowing pattern along the 90-foot length of the Que Paisa wall. Community engagement began with a hubcap gathering drive, and a “Scrub Some Chrome” cleaning day. After the first artist-led workshop, COVID-19 protocols forced a pivot to a series of no contact, “pick up and go” weekend events. Our community embraced the challenge, with sixty-some participants painting about a hundred and forty hubcaps.
View the installation at 8115 Pearblossom Highway in Littlerock, California 93543.
Until then, enjoy this image gallery!
A big shout out to our installation lead Christopher Minsal; installation helpers Henry Daniels, Jeffrey Hillinger, Carlos Mendoza, April Minsal, Cyndi Smith Murlock, and George Davis Serrano; and of course to all our kickass hubcap painters. With support from Blick Art Materials, DanCyn Gardens, Dollar General, Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation, Lowes Home Improvement, and our wonderful Giving Tuesday donors.
THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!