Carspotting: Clever Bowling Pin Art Car Parked at Precita Park

Reader Mason (it’s his birthday today!) sent along this art car sighting:

Did Jesus Quintana visit Precita Park last weekend?

This past Sunday, while enjoying some old-time ice cream from Gina and Mike’s rebranded Cancilla Market (now known as Harvest Hills), my son and I happened upon this most marvelously vintage Bowling Pin/Fiat 500. Upon further investigation we are led to believe that it was actually taking an afternoon nap of its own: its side-mounted bowling pins pulse and twist in and out of the car as pedestrians approach. I was left wondering whether or not someone has the bowling balls to attempt this with a newly re-launched and rebranded Fiat 500c.

Coincidentally, our friends at Laughing Squid have more detail on the car, and a spiffy video too:

Big Bang Theory” by San Francisco artist Eric Staller is an adorable Fiat 500 art car with 10 retractable bowling pins poking out of the passenger side. The pins can extend almost fully outside the car or retract within, and seem to do so autonomously, even when the car is parked and left unattended. The car has been baffling pedestrians in San Francisco’s Mission district over the Summer, though it was first built in 1996.

PHOTOS: Reader Mason

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