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Kyle Fokken
American Tourister
Materials: SRAM parts, dutch clog, leather, brass nails, wood, metal pieces
Dimensions: 16" w x 11" d x 20" h
Statement: This piece is inspired by a recent trip with my family to the Minnesota State Fairs “Machinery Hill” section. This is where they exhibit all the latest and some antique farm equipment. I’ve always been a fan of the old steam-powered tractors, and I wondered what it would be like if one of them were used like an early 1900s cross-country road race car. The characters represent me and my wife driving in this race-one barely in control of the machine and the other very scared about being along for the ride!

I titled the piece “American Tourister,” since I used an old metal plate from the luggage company of the same name. I think the comical expressions on the faces of the ‘tourists’ fit that description in a tongue-in-cheek type of way.

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Kyle Fokken
American Tourister