The Invacar was designed as a ‘prosthetic’ given free of charge to wheelchair users by the NHS, who maintained a fleet of these vehicles for disabled people. They were in commission from 1948 up until the 1980s, when the vehicle was condemned on health and safety grounds.

Tony Heaton is interested in transformation. He often uses iconic objects associated with disability, such as wheelchairs or charity collection cans, changing their meaning and appearance. The sculpture in this gallery transforms a ‘Spazz Blue’ Invacar from Lame to Lamé.

Gold Lame - Tony Heaton

Gold Lamé

Artist: Tony Heaton

Year:  2014

Medium:  Fibreglass, steel, automotive paint.

Dimensions: 4’.6” (w) x 9’9” (l)



Work is available to loan on request. If you have any queries about the Shape Collection please contact exhibitions@shapearts.org.uk