Flamingoes Live on the Island (in an Art Car)

If you’ve ever driven down 47th St just west of Island Crest, you’ll see an amazing sight: a car covered in a flock on pink flamingoes.

The Flamingo Car.

It’s not an infestation, it’s an art car. Marlene (Marty) Vale has a passion for these, and she actually has two: the flamingo car (license plate holder: “There goes that crazy flamingo car lady again”) and a Quiltmobile. She’s been covered in NW Autos and, of course, she’ll be the Fremont Solstice Festival on June 18th this year. You can see a slideshow of her working on her cars here.

Marty at the Solstice Parade, courtesy nwautos.com.

Says Marty:
I became a “cartist” in 2001. I woke up in the middle of the night and said “I have to quilt my car!”. Well, I did just that. Then I wanted to see what it would be like to do a car in 3 dimensions. I started the Flamingo Car on April 30th, 2010 which was my birthday right in the driveway of our house here on Mercer Island. I had it in the Solstice Event for the first time last June.

As with art cars, mine has been evolving some. Just last week my car was parked in a restaurant parking lot and when I came out one of my birds had flown the coop. Now, I won’t say it was deliberately taken. It may have wanted to go. But in it’s place I have sent away for it’s replacement. It is a Skelemingo. It’s a black flamingo with white bones. You see, it’s the “ghost of flamingoes lost”.


The Quiltmobile.

Marty also runs a business, Senior Concierge Services, assisting seniors with medical and social needs, such as safely visiting the doctor or shop. She’s been doing a lot of work at Aljoya lately.

It’s fun to get to know your neighbors. Especially if they shepherd flamingoes and ride in Quiltmobiles.

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One response to “Flamingoes Live on the Island (in an Art Car)

  1. Hi Marty,

    Jerry Sorensen here and I was in the Mountlake Terrace parade last Wednesday and met a fellow art car lady who knew you. She says quite a large group of you belong to a art car club. She was driving a station wagon covered with sunglasses and a million other things. I didn’t have a camera with me but would like to get a hold of her to do some photos of her and the car. On the back of the car was a purse that said “money for gas”. Any idea who she might be and if so I would love to get in touch with her for a photo shoot.

    Thanks
    Jerry Sorensen

    425= 238- 4590/ (sorensenjerry@yahoo.com)

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