In Midtown Atlanta GA – one of the most walkable urban areas in the U.S. – is a fitting statue. It looks like some biomorphic form is eating a car, more specifically, a Fiat Panda. A public art project by the Midtown Alliance, the Autoeater statue was created by artists Venske and Spänle in Carrara, Italy in 2017 and now stands in a high-traffic intersection in Midtown Atlanta. In fact, over 2,000 people walk through it daily. That’s better traffic than any gallery!
Join us as we explore the Autoeater!
Fun Facts About the Autoeater Statue
1The Autoeater statue weighs 16 tons.
2It took 9 months to be created by Italian artists Julia Venske and Gregor Spänle.
3Create in Carrara, Itlay, the Autoeater statue traveled nearly 5,000 miles to Atlanta GA.
4The car being devoured is a Fiat Panda, originally released in 1980.
5The statue stands at 10th Street and Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta GA.
Read the Transcript of This Stories, Secrets & Sagas Episode
Ever watch those nature shows that show a giant boa constrictor slowly swallowing its prey? Pretty gross stuff isn’t it? How would you feel if it was a car…more precisely, a Fiat Panda?
What if I told you there is a sculpture in midtown Atlanta that weighs 16 tons, traveled almost 5,000 miles to get here and took 9 months to create; would you be surprised? But what if I told you it was of a Fiat Panda being devoured by some type of biomorphic form?
The sculpture was created by artists Venske and Spänle using pure white marble from Carrara, Italy in 2017. And it is fitting that the enigmatic sculpture is eating an auto in a city with one of the most walkable urban districts nationwide.
Better than any gallery, this piece of art is in a very busy place. In fact, over 2,000 people walk through the nearest intersection daily. That is a lot of potential views!
Oh, and by the way, about the car being eaten…well since it was released in 1980, the Fiat Panda has sold 6.5 million worldwide!
Visit The Autoeater Statue in Midtown Atlanta GA
Intersection of 10th Street and Peachtree Street, Atlanta GA