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Artist shows off drawings made in back of moving Penske truck

Published On: Jun 07 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 11 2012 11:01:21 AM CDT

It's artwork that's made in the back of a moving Penske truck.

CUMRU TWP., Pa. -

Whether it's the art of his move or the pieces of moving artwork he creates, Dave Ford can certainly be described as a unique artist.

While two of his primary tools are just ordinary art paper and pencils, there's one more thing Ford needs before beginning his creations -- a Penske rental truck.

Ford, a former professional truck driver, then covers the back of the box truck with the art paper and uses a special rigging to mount some 100 pencil-tipped water bottle pendulums.

Ford then takes to the road, arranging the bottles to maximize the paper markings and letting the movement of the truck do the work, as he recently demonstrated during a visit to the Penske Truck Leasing headquarters in Cumru Twp., Berks Co.

"Utilizing personal environments and their found energy has been the focus of my work for several decades,” said Ford. "As a truck driver, I was able to harvest an empty load return trip into an opportunity to create an interesting drawing.”

The work-in-progress Ford showed off in Berks County is being done on a round-trip between Chicago and Philadelphia, in association with Packer Schopf Gallery of Chicago. He'll present the finished piece at the 8th annual Guerrilla Furniture and Art Truck Show in Chicago on Tuesday.

Penske is covering the cost of the truck rental for Ford’s trip.

"We saw Dave’s artwork online and were all really impressed with the approach he uses to create it," said Don Mikes, senior vice president of rental for Penske.