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.
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”.
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.