Golden Mean



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Photo by D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group
The Golden Mean Snail Car is a giant hot rod art car built by a group of artists in West Oakland’s Kraftworks building in 2008. Conceived of in a dream by artist Kyrsten Mate, this extraordinary vehicle was fabricated by Kyrsten, her husband Jon Sarriugarte, and the artist members of Empire of Dirt. This surprising vehicle takes its name from the golden ratio, a mathematical proportion that’s said to produce aesthetically pleasing art and architecture. Built on a 1966 VW bug chassis, the Golden Mean Snail Car features seating for six, rein-triggered fire shooting eye stalks, and a signature antiqued patina finish.




















OAKLAND, California — In a project that would make Franz Kafka grin, a 40-year-old bug has metamorphosed into a snail. The resulting creation, an art car called The Golden Mean, is a golden gastropod that glows in the dark and shoots rings of fire from its feelers. It also seats six comfortably.

Blacksmith Jon Sarriugarte, who fabricates custom home furnishings, worked with his wife, Kyrsten Mate, to transform a 1966 VW Bug into the rolling piece of art. The Golden Mean is making its debut at the Burning Man art festival this year. Mate says she literally dreamed up the concept. “I woke up and said, ‘We have to build this giant snail,’” she said. “It totally wasn’t planned. This whole project has been weird coincidences and math.”


Past Shows

    2015-05
    Maker Faire San Mateo
    2015-01
    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Inauguration
    2014-09
    IDF14 Intel
    2014-05
    Maker Faire San Mateo
    2013-09
    Starlight Gala Chabot Space and Science Center
    2013-12
    Lucas Films Holiday Party
    2013-08
    Burning Man Honorarium
    2013-05
    Maker Faire San Mateo
    2013-05
    Google I/O
    2013-05
    Google X
    2013-04
    Exploratorium Gala
    2013-04
    California Academy of Sciences
    2013-03
    Exploratorium Parade
    2012-08
    Burning Man Honorarium
    2012-05
    Maker Faire San Mateo
    2011-08
    Burning Man Honorarium

Specifications

  • Performance
    Speed:
    55 mph

    Range:
    20 miles | 32 km

    Passengers:
    6

  • Dimensions
    Weight:
    2000lbs

    Length:
    12ft

    Width:
    6ft

    Height:
    8ft

  • Chassis
    Frame Construction:
    Volkswagon Beetle

  • Drive
    Brakes:
    Rear: Mechanical Drum
    Front: N/A
    Parking: Foot

    Suspension:
    Rear: Coil springs
    Front: Coil springs

    Steering:
    Manual

    Tires:
    Rear: –
    Front: –

  • Instrumentation
    :
    Battery discharge indicator
    Forward/reverse selector
    Key switch
    Electric horn

  • Network
    :
    Network Switch

  • Lighting
    :
    Total Control Lighting
    Midi controller

  • Sound
    :
    Meyer Sound: 4x MM-4XP
    Pioneer Car Audio System:
    18in sub + 2x 6in + 2x 6in x 9in

  • Documents
  • Note
    :
    Vehicle specifications subject to change without notice