#BigVespa

Submitted by William Snyder III

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Client

Location: State College, PA, United States

Completion date: 2014

Project Team

Artist

William Snyder III

Other

Ibby

Overview

This piece is part of a series of paintings and prints as an iconic reflection on the impact of a brand, evoking nostalgia and joy. Created in a time of ‘selfies’ and hashtags, it’s been titled to reinforce the obvious.

Goals

There is a sense of propriety and ego in this posture of the vespa, as it militaristically stands at attention, and somewhat snootishly looks down on passersby. It is drawn from the older, slimmer model Vespa, which has it’s history as a military transport vehicle. While it is a small and vulnerable scooter, the Vespa claims and commands it’s environment.

Process

This iteration of the vespa required the artist to work with fabricators, welders, transportation requirements, solve engineering components and navigate code requirements.