Demolition Derby is Art for Burlington Artist/Driver

Published 08/27 2014 11:04PM

Updated 08/28 2014 09:13AM

Essex Junction, VT -- Burlington artist Aaron Stein achieved his creative vision and a lifelong dream during the Demolition Derby at the Champlain Valley Fair.

 "I'm really fascinated with the process of destruction as a creative force." said Aaron Stein at his shop on the afternoon of the derby. "How it's really unpredictable when things get smashed and metal crumples. 
So this is like a dream come true to actually be able to wreck a real car and then exhibit it in the art hop."

Stein's project is called 'The Big Hit.' The 1995 Buick Century wagon is named Eunice and inspired a song from local musician Rusty "Grits" LeCirque titled,
Ballad of Eunice Bloom.

It was Stein's first demolition derby but he did his research and had a plan.

"Protect the motor. Which means that to do that you're driving around backwards." said Stein. "So people are after my front end. And I'm using the back as a battering ram. Kind of, my personal goal is not necessarily to win. That's not what it's about for me. I want to take this car and make it as small as I can."

Stein competed in the first heat Wednesday finishing 3rd and earning a berth in the finals. 

"I went for it! I put on a show. That's what was my goal. I thought I lost reverse so I was taking hits with the front. Then I found reverse and then just kept going. It looks like the engine ceased so I don't know if I'm going to make it to the final event but this was a blast. I'm pretty proud of how that car looks."

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