DEARBORN - Imagine building a full-scale 1969 Classic Mustang out of paper. Yes, you read that right...paper.
Canadian-born artist Johnathan Brand did just that. After spending years painstakingly restoring his classic 1969 Ford Mustang with his father, Brand sold his beloved vehicle to purchase an engagement ring for his future wife. He missed the car so much that he decided to recreate it using paper.
Brand designed his dream car from memory and pictures of old Ford Mustangs. He created 3D drawings on his computer, printed them out on a used large format inkjet printer and glued the pieces together by hand.
"I cut, fold and glue shapes together much like a complicated three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle,'" said Brand.
Every component of the car, from the spark plugs to the engine, was replicated in great detail. It took Brand two years to complete the full-size version of his classic car; one tire alone took him three months finish.
Brand says he enjoys remaking things that already exist out of material you would not expect.
“It is more about the process of making it…transforming what exists in the world and creating new memories,” says Brand.
The memory Brand has created is called One Piece at a Time, named after a Johnny Cash song about a Detroit assembly line worker who built a car one piece at a time using stolen auto parts.
What’s next for Brand? Well, it has nothing to do with paper. He recently completed building a computer controlled router to explore the art of woodcarving.
Click here to visit Brand's website for more images of his paper 1969 Classic Mustang.