Building Blocks - Mark Birch

Inspiration details:

VW Beetle

Mechanical toy car

Japan (manufactured)

1975-1979 (manufactured)

Unknown (production)

Lithographed tinplate, with a clockwork mechanism

V&A collection reference number(s):
2006AF4213-01 Clockwork Toy VW Beetle

Artist Statement

Mark Birch

On my trip to the Bethnal Green Children Museum I was inspired by the tin clockwork VW Beetle as it reminded me of the toy cars I played with in my childhood. Simple form and function has meant as a toy it is timeless. This car specifically represented a conception of a life long interest in VW Beetles. As I grew my interests grew, more cars - further building blocks in life until I had a full size silver VW Beetle called Sophie a rather expensive toy car. Life has gone full circle now with Sophie gone and my own children playing with these timeless toys. The cars used in the moulds were my original vehicles ones now over 30 years old. In the act of play and interaction my daughters are making their own building blocks and who knows where these interests will lead.

Building Blocks - Mark Birch

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Inspiration details:

VW Beetle

Mechanical toy car

Japan (manufactured)

1975-1979 (manufactured)

Unknown (production)

Lithographed tinplate, with a clockwork mechanism

V&A collection reference number(s):
2006AF4213-01 Clockwork Toy VW Beetle

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