The Camera Van: Google Street View’s muse (9 photos)

Creator and owner, Harrod Blank, took two years to build the vehicle which puts the Google street-level vehicle in the shade. Assisted by colleague Dan Lohaus, he fitted over 1, 705 fully functional cameras - all accessed at the push of a dashboard button. The front grill of the van is covered with Polaroid cameras, whilst the passenger side has four 32-inch LCDs replicating negative frames. The rear has two LCDs that play a video, on loop, of waving kids and, on the driver's side, is a mural made from hundreds of Kodak Instamatic cameras. Berkeley, California resident, Blank is one of the pioneers of the annual car art parade at the Burning Man Festival and has made two films: Wild Wheels in 1992 and, it's 1998 follow-up, Driving The Dream. His penchant for fab four wheelers was exemplified recently when he was spotted in LA towing a Beetle resplendent with: guitars, trumpets, drums, keyboards and, even, CDs. Read more about Harrod's story and see his "Flash Suit" at his website.

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