Maria del Camino is a love poem to the car and an ode to Her demise; an allegorical piece acknowledging our relationship to the car as a social activator, defining our relationship to cities as well as our individual and collective sense of freedom and adventure, while at the same time reinforcing how we are beholden to and idolize the machine.
Tomb has drawn upon Fritz Lang’s vision of the future, Metropolis, as well as our contemporary relationship with technology and cities. The project conflates Lang’s False Maria/Machine Man with the flying car, an unrealized vision of the future. Her rusted and modified ’59 El Camino body is perforated with thousands of tiny holes, creating a pixelated image of the False Maria. This image will be most visible when She transforms from a vehicle into “totem” mode, standing nearly 18 ft. tall, back lit by the sun or illuminated from within at night. As a vehicle She will trundle, workmanlike, around on Her crawler tracks powered by bio diesel.